Manning – he was Bradley then – was locked up in 2010 after stealing 700,000 military files and diplomatic cables and giving them to WikiLeaks.
He was branded a “traitor” by prosecutors who was only seeking fame in the world of hackers and anarchists. But his lawyers painted him/her as a naive whistleblower who didn’t do any real harm.
Either way, he was sentenced, apologized, and sent to the slammer, NBC News reports.
The day after he was locked up, he announced to the world that he was a transgender and everybody should start calling him Chelsea.
Manning found an ally in Snowden, who personally appealed for Manning’s release:
Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning. You alone can save her life.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 11, 2017
Last month, more than 100,000 people signed an online petition asking for Manning’s commutation.Read more at TheFederalistpapers