President Barack Obama is in a rush to get a lot of things through before he is ushered the door.
One thing that may be on his plate is shortening the sentence of someone prosecutors call a traitor.
President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News.
A decision could come as soon as Wednesday for Manning, who has tried to commit suicide twice this year and went on a hunger strike in a bid for gender reassignment surgery.
“I have more hope right now than I have the entire time since she was sentenced,” Manning’s aunt, Deborah Manning, told NBC News.
“I do think it’s the last hope for a while.”
Manning — then known as Bradley — was locked up in 2010 after swiping 700,000 military files and diplomatic cables and giving them to Wikileaks.
Manning’s mother is concerned about Manning’s mental state.
100,000 have signed a petition to have him released.
Here’s the problem.
Manning leaked 700,000 US military files to Wikileaks, jeopardizing our national security and our troops.
The harm that could have resulted is incredible.
If the sentence is commuted, the conviction stands, although the sentence is shortened.
It is different from a pardon which would forgive, or pardon, the crime.
A president’s first obligation is defense of the United States.
Does the potential harm matter to Obama?
Or will he just be concerned about agenda?