Chelsea Manning asks Obama to cut sentence to time served
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chelsea Manning, who is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the WikiLeaks website, is asking President Barack Obama to commute her sentence to time served.
In a commutation application released by her attorneys, the transgender soldier said there was no historical precedent for such an extreme sentence for the leak of secret documents.
Manning was arrested in 2010 and convicted in 2013 in military court of six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offenses for leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents, plus some battlefield video to WikiLeaks. At that point she was known as Bradley Manning.
She is in custody at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Manning, who was an intelligence ana- lyst in Iraq, acknowledged leaking the documents but said it was intended to raise public awareness about the impact of war on innocent civilians.
She later filed a transgender prisoner rights lawsuit and has tried to commit suicide multiple times citing her treatment behind bars.