Private Chelsea Manning (born Bradley Edward Manning), the transgender soldier who was convicted of illegally disclosing classified information, back in 2013, will stay on active duty once she is released from prison on Wednesday. Manning has only served seven years of her 35 year sentence for leaking sensitive government information to WikiLeaks.
Lieutenant Col. Jennifer Johnson, a spokeswoman for the army said that until appellate review for Manning’s court material conviction is over, then she will be on “excess leave.” During this time, Manning will not be paid, but will have access to military medical care. Which means she will be able to continue taking hormone treatments via military benefits.
Johnson stated, “In an active-duty status, although in an unpaid status, Manning is eligible for direct care at medical treatment facilities, commissary privileges, morale welfare and recreation privileges, and exchange privileges.”
Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking secret military and State Department documents and battlefield video. A native of Crescent, Oklahoma, she was convicted in a military court martial of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud. She was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.
The enemy of the state claimed that she leaked the information out of “a love for my country and a sense of duty to others,” and went on to write an article about the apparent lack of information in the United Stated:
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — WHEN I chose to disclose classified information in 2010, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others. I’m now serving a sentence of 35 years in prison for these unauthorized disclosures. I understand that my actions violated the law.
However, the concerns that motivated me have not been resolved. As Iraq erupts in civil war and America again contemplates intervention, that unfinished business should give new urgency to the question of how the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan. I believe that the current limits on press freedom and excessive government secrecy make it impossible for Americans to grasp fully what is happening in the wars we finance.
If you were following the news during the March 2010 elections in Iraq, you might remember that the American press was flooded with stories declaring the elections a success, complete with upbeat anecdotes and photographs of Iraqi women proudly displaying their ink-stained fingers. The subtext was that United States military operations had succeeded in creating a stable and democratic Iraq.
Those of us stationed there were acutely aware of a more complicated reality.(Keep Reading)
What do you think about this? Is Manning a traitor who needs to finish out her 35 year sentence? Should she be allowed to remain active duty?
Patriotic firecracker Tomi Lahren had a few final thoughts on Manning:
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