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Chelsea Manning's attorney files clemency papers for client



by Joseph Earnest  March 27, 2014


Newscast Media WASHINGTONThe attorney for WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning, said his client did not receive a fair trial during last year's court-martial, and has now filed to seek clemency from the United States military.


Attorney David Coombs said in statement that under the current administration, any unauthorized leak to the media of classified information is viewed as tantamount to aiding the enemy of the United States.


"Due to the embarrassment caused by the leaks, multiple elected officials and high level government employees made inflammatory comments about Manning and her case. Some elected officials called for PFC Manning to receive the death penalty," he said.


Manning is a "trans-woman" or she-male. Born Bradley Manning, after being convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 for engaging in the largest leaks of classified information ever to the public, Manning said he felt like a woman, and now wanted to be referred to as Chelsea Manning.


With the new revelation, Chelsea Manning went on hormone replacement therapy, to begin the transformation process of becoming a female.


Together with the clemency petition, Manning's attorney said the filing included over 6,000 letters from supporters, and a petition from Amnesty International with 38,605 signatures.  You may read or download the clemency filing for Manning. (pop-up)


He concluded by saying, "The filing of the clemency matters concludes my court-martial representation of Chelsea. I will, however, continue to assist Chelsea in matters related to her name change and receiving hormone replacement therapy while in confinement." Add Comments>>














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