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I Knew Chelsea Manning in Basic Combat Training. Here’s the Story You Haven’t Heard

19 Jan

Jay B. Huwieler

January 2017 – as one of his final acts in office, President Obama yesterday commuted the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning down to just four years with a scheduled release date of 17 May 2017. For supporters, it must have been an unbelievable victory, and for her critics, an outrage. For those that have known her, there’s an added dimension of anecdotes, personal interactions, and concrete memories of her conduct, all of which color the quality of that commutation. She is a hero to some, a traitor to others. Either she was an idealistic do-gooder who was intent on revealing state-sponsored human rights violations while exposing the darkest corners of the U.S. Government, or she was a coward suffering delusions of grandeur who invented enemies to blame, lashed out at her own country, and revealed nothing but her own self-sponsored narcissism.  Which one is accurate? Let me tell you a…

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One Response to “I Knew Chelsea Manning in Basic Combat Training. Here’s the Story You Haven’t Heard”

  1. oiltranslator January 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    I am reminded of the old saw about “many words and many lies”

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