Obama’s Commutation of Manning’s Sentence
Against the wishes of the Pentagon and the Secretary of Defense, Obama commuted the sentence of Bradley/Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst. The former analyst was sentenced to 35 years for Espionage after leaking classified documents to Wikileaks.
Manning was responsible for the release of documents which placed our troops, and many civilians at risk. Manning’s attorney disputes that his releases placed anyone at risk. But not everyone is on board with the decision to commute Manning’s sentence.
“Ambassadors were forced to resign, [CIA] station chiefs had to be recalled, secret diplomatic cables were revealed,” said one official, recalling some of the fallout.
Fox News also has learned Manning leaked 700,000 documents, not the 250,000 cited by officials on Tuesday. Defense officials told Fox News that Manning’s actions accelerated the Arab Spring and might even have contributed to the rise of ISIS.
Two intelligence sources also confirmed that after certain Afghanistan reports were released in 2010, the Taliban “went on a killing spree,” taking out everyone who seemed to fit the description of individuals working with the U.S.
If the report said “someone with short dark hair was helping the U.S., the Taliban took out everyone with short dark hair. It was indiscriminate,” one source said.
Both emphasized it’s unclear whether U.S. intelligence assets were harmed — but said there is no question people died after the leaks at the hands of the Taliban, and this made recruiting sources that much harder in the future.
Manning’s document releases weren’t pictures of submarines, or a piece of information designed to help our troops or the American people. They were pieces of highly classified intelligence information that could very well have placed people’s lives at risk.
This action by Obama sends a terrible message. This decision went against the recommendations of the nation’s military leaders, and gives just one more ‘Obama middle finger’ to the country.