Bradley Manning is released from prison

Naturally, the credentialed media continue to refer to Mr Manning1 as a female:

Chelsea Manning, Once Sentenced To 35 Years, Walks Free After 7 Years

May 17, 20177:22 AM ET | Bill Chappell | Doreen McCallister

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning has left a military prison in Kansas and returned to civilian life Wednesday, seven years after being taken into custody for what is seen as the largest leak of classified data in U.S. history.

“After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived,” Manning said in a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union. “I am looking forward to so much! Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past. I’m figuring things out right now — which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me.”

Manning tweeted a photo of her sneaker-clad feet, taking her “first steps of freedom” Wednesday morning.

The 35-year prison term Manning received as punishment for leaking thousands of military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks in 2010 was described as unprecedented when it was handed down. Before he left office, President Barack Obama shortened the sentence to about seven years.

There’s more at the original.

The left are just sickeningly hypocritical: they are celebrating the release of Mr Manning, who deliberately sent classified information to WikiLeaks, yet believe that Donald Trump is just a sickening human being, who ought to be impeached and sent to prison, because he may have been connected to getting Hillary Clinton’s campaign e-mails to WikiLeaks!

President Obama stated, in his final news conference:

Well, first of all, let’s be clear, Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence. So the notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital, classified information would think that it goes unpunished I don’t think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served.

Mr Manning did not receive a tough enough sentence — he got only 35 years — and while his sentence was “tough,” including a good deal of time in solitary confinement, it wasn’t tough enough. He attempted to commit suicide twice while in prison; the authorities should have simply stood by and let him succeed.

It has been my view that given she went to trial, that due process was carried out, that she took responsibility for her crime, that the sentence that she received was very disproportional — disproportionate relative to what other leakers had received, and that she had served a significant amount of time, that it made it sense to commute — and not pardon — her sentence.

The problem isn’t that Mr Manning’s sentence was disproportionately long; it is that so many others received sentences which were far too lenient.

And I feel very comfortable that justice has been served and that a message has still been sent that when it comes to our national security, that wherever possible, we need folks who may have legitimate concerns about the actions of government or their superiors or the agencies in which they work — that they try to work through the established channels and avail themselves of the whistleblower protections that had been put in place.

Justice has not been served, but it no surprise that it wasn’t served while Barack Hussein Obama was President.

One more paragraph from the NPR article infuriates me:

Manning’s court-martial conviction is under appeal; her current status is classified as a special type of active duty, The Associated Press reports, meaning that “she will be unpaid but will be legally entitled to military medical care,” the wire service says, citing an Army spokeswoman.

I would hope that the Trump Administration sees to it that Mr Manning’s “military medical care” includes only coverage for illnesses and injuries, and that the United States government does not pay for any sort of sex change procedures.

  1. Legally, Mr Manning’s name is Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. He filed a lawsuit to get his name changed, and the federal government did not object. While The First Street Journal recognizes that Mr Manning’s name change was legal, the Editor chooses to refer to Mr Manning by his birth name; this website also recognizes that Mr Manning, by all objective standards, is male, not female.