In 2013, Manning, who had been an intelligence analyst in the United States Army, was convicted in a military court and sentenced to 35 years in prison. The case against Manning centered on Manning providing government information to WikiLeaks. Paul and Kucinich note in their letter that among the information provided to WikiLeaks was “previously unseen footage of journalists and other civilians being killed by U.S. helicopter attacks in a video known as ‘Collateral Murder.’”
Paul and Kucinich also contend in their letter that Manning suffered in 11 months of pre-trial detention that violated Manning’s “right to be protected from punishment without trial” and was “cruel and unusual punishment as enshrined in the 5th and 8th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.” The former House members detail that this detention included being “confined within a segregation cage for two months in Iraq” and being detained for nine months at the Quantico military brig during which time Manning was “confined for 23 hours a day to a small cell with no personal possessions, and was reportedly shackled at the wrists and legs during visits.”
Read Paul and Kucinich’s letter to President Obama.
The White House
Office of the President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
9 January 2017
Dear Mr. President,
We write to urgently request that you grant the application for clemency submitted by Chelsea Manning and commute her sentence to time served. We each had the honor of serving the American people in the United States Congress for 16 years. We respect the government’s right to hold to account members of the military who breach military law, but believe that there are strong grounds for commuting Ms. Manning’s sentence. We strongly urge you to grant Ms. Manning’s application for clemency in recognition of her acting in the public interest and the treatment that she endured in early pre-trial detention.
Continue reading letter here
This article (Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich Call on Obama to Free Chelsea Manning) by Adam Dick originally appeared on RonPaulInstitute.org and is republished here with permission.