Chelsea Manning has served only a fraction of her sentence for espionage. The former Army private who used to be known as Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after stealing nearly a million classified documents and sharing them with WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tweeted recently that he would leave his self-imposed confinement at the Ecuadorian embassy in London if President Obama were to commute Manning’s sentence. That is precisely what the President did on Tuesday.
The Daily Caller reported on the reaction of some in the media, particularly CNN. During a panel discussion, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny suggested that President Obama may have commuted Manning’s sentence because Manning “is transitioning from a man to a woman.”
“I think the question this president and the White House will have to answer here, will answer, and I think it’s an important one, how much was the personal story of Chelsea Manning involved in this,” Zeleny said.
The left has long called for relief for Manning. They see her as a hero both for leaking the information she did and because she is making the change from a man to a woman.
“The outcry from the left was so strong on this, and she’s having a difficult time in federal prison, no question, but to me that is a central question,” Zeleny continued. “Without that, you have to wonder if the outcome would be the same.” Another panelist questioned if Zeleny was referring specifically to the gender change.
“Exactly,” Zeleny replied. “Because she transitioned from a man to a woman. I think all of that certainly played into this. Without that, it’s hard to imagine, I think, this president would have done that.”
There is no doubt that Manning committed espionage. The idea that one criminal should receive a reprieve just because he or she is “having a difficult time in federal prison” is ridiculous. Prison is supposed to be difficult. Without the liberal uproar over Manning because of the transition, there is no way her sentence would have been commuted.
Source: The Daily Caller