In 2013, former United States Army Private Bradley Manning (now known as Chelsea Manning) was sentenced to 35 years in prison for passing classified information to Julian Assange’s whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.
Manning is a threat to the status quo, and the establishment is going to unleash every dirty trick to try and suggest that she’s not a real candidate, Arvin Vohra, Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee said.
By revealing confidential documents to the public, Chelsea Manning set an example to future whistleblowers. She went ahead without fear of severe punishment, including the death penalty, Annie Machon, former MI5 intelligence officer, told RT.
While Chelsea Manning’s sentence being commuted is a gracious deed on the part of President Barack Obama, it doesn’t really signify a change in attitudes toward whistleblowers in the US, former CIA analyst and whistleblower John Kiriakou told RT.
Following his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information, disgraced former CIA director David Petraeus is likely to avoid jail time for a crime similar to those committed by whistleblowers that received far worse punishment.
WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning believes military action won’t destroy the Islamic State, and thinks that the United States and its allies should attempt to disrupt the militants into self-destruction through containment.