A petition sent to President Barack Obama aiming to reduce whistle blower Chelsea Manning’s sentence has officially exceeded 100,000 signatures, and the White House has 60 days to offer their response to this matter.
As of last Sunday, the White House site named “We The People” had received all in all about 106,000 signatures. Manning responded upon seeing the surging amounts of support and tweeted “”We did it! Thank you so much for your love and support.”
Whistle Blower Imprisonment
Manning, who served as an army specialist received a 35 year sentence in prison after leaking about 700,000 classified documents which contained information regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning, a transgender, has attempted to commit suicide in prison due to severe treatment that has been forced upon her.
Manning’s lawyers have stated that as of now Manning has officially served the longest prison sentenced ever imposed on any whistle blower within the United States. LGBT communities and the American Civil Liberties Union have been supporting Manning’s cause throughout the entire duration.
Manning, whose previous name was Bradley Manning, was detained back in 2010 while still serving in the U.S. military, and among the classified documents that she has leaked mentioned information regarding prisoners in Guantanamo prison, and an airstrike that was carried out by U.S. forces in Baghdad back in 2007 which had allegedly resulted in civilian casualties.
Manning was tried in 2013 in a military tribunal, and had been charged with violating the Espionage Act, which states that any information that is released to anyone that could potentially in any way impair the U.S. military will be charged.
Manning expressed her feelings regarding her acts and claims it was not right and that she acknowledges her “full and complete responsibility,” towards the situation.