For those pining for the days of President Obama, remember these kinds of decisions were routine:
1st tweet by Chelsea Manning, former Army PFC Bradley Manning. There’d be no Wikileaks without Manning’s leaks of classified information. https://t.co/tlKBrZA9Nq
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) May 17, 2017
The champion of the Left, the originator of material for Wikileaks, is now free. He is still in the Army.
It is absolutely maddening.
Self-confessed computer hacker Adrian Lamo told the world’s media how Pte Manning had admitted the data theft during conversations they had on the internet.
“Listened and lip-synced to Lady Gaga’s Telephone while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history,” Pte Manning wrote, according to a transcript of their messages published on Wired’s website.
“Weak servers, weak logging, weak physical security, weak counter-intelligence, inattentive signal analysis… a perfect storm.”
Mr Lamo went to the authorities with the messages.
While Manning’s court-martial conviction remains under appeal, she will remain a private in the Army, said Dave Foster, an Army spokesman. As an active duty soldier, Manning will continue to receive health care and have access to commissaries and military exchanges, but she will not be paid.
“Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review,” Foster said.
The Army refused to disclose the other terms of Manning’s release, six years before her eligibility for parole, citing privacy concerns. She had been sentenced to 35 years for releasing hundreds of thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks. Manning appeared at court martial in the uniform of an enlisted man.
Like all soldiers, Manning will be assigned to an Army post but it is unclear where and to whom she will report.
So don’t worry, Chelsea/Bradley Manning is free to roam the country and we have President Obama to thank.
Yes, a Democratic president would have been worse than Trump.
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