Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chelsea Manning - Obama Commutes Sentence

Overruling his secretary of defense, Obama gave a gift to Chelsea Manning.

From CNN:

President Barack Obama on Tuesday overruled his secretary of defense to commute the sentence of former Army soldier Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of documents and videos to WikiLeaks.

The decision -- which a senior defense official told CNN was made over the objections of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter -- immediately touched off a controversy in the closing days of the Obama administration.

A former intelligence official described being "shocked" to learn of Obama's decision, adding that the "entire intelligence community is deflated by this inexplicable use of executive power." The official said the move was "deeply hypocritical given Obama's denunciation of WikiLeaks' role in the hacking of the (Democratic National Committee)."

I don't get where Obama stands on leaks and hacking.

He cites all the damage done but then he lets off someone convicted of stealing and putting out "750,000 pages of documents and videos."

If Obama cares about the release of sensitive information, he's certainly deals with it in a stunningly inconsistent manner.

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