President Obama reduces Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence

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The White House announced Tuesday that President Obama has commuted whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence, allowing her to be released from Fort Leavenworth on May 17, 2017.  Manning’s sentence, wrote the New York Times, was “the longest ever handed down in a case involving a leak of United States government information for the purpose of having the information reported to the public.” (more…)

Finally, Bradley Manning tells his story

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For three years, Bradley Manning has been jailed while the world speculated about his guilt or innocence in the release of classified material to WikiLeaks.  On Thursday, the Army Private finally had the opportunity to tell his story at a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland.  In a 35-page statement that he read aloud, Manning acknowledged sending classified documents to WikiLeaks, He said he wanted to show Americans the “true costs of war.”

“I felt I accomplished something that would allow me to have a clear conscience,” said Manning, who spoke under oath for more than an hour. (more…)

Bunnatine Greenhouse, right, with attorney Steve Kohn

Army Settles Bunnatine Greenhouse Lawsuit

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Fans of whistleblower Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse are celebrating the resolution of her lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  In a court-approved settlement, Greenhouse will receive $970,000 for lost wages, compensatory damages and attorney fees. But, “No settlement is going to make me whole,” Greenhouse told the Washington Post.  (Photo: Bunnatine Greenhouse with attorney Steve Kohn)