Amnesty International & Private Manning Support Network launch presidential pardon campaign


Amnesty International and the Private Manning Support Network have launched an online petition asking President Barack Obama to pardon PFC Bradley Manning [aka Chelsea Manning], the 25-year-old former Army intelligence analyst sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified government records to WikiLeaks. 

The petition requires at least 100,000 signatures by Sept. 20th to receive a response from White House. To learn more, please visit

The human rights organization is calling on the President to commute Manning’s sentence as time served and allow her to be immediately released. Manning has spent more than 3 years in custody, including 9 months in solitary confinement at the Quantico Marine Base where she was subjected to “cruel and inhumane” conditions.

Read more: PFC Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for leaks

Manning was convicted of 20 charges – including espionage, theft, and computer fraud – for releasing more than 700,000 classified U.S. government records to WikiLeaks while she was serving in Iraq in 2010. Some of the records leaked by Manning include the Apache “collateral murder” video, the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs [“SIGACTs”], Guantanamo detainee assessment briefs, and more than 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables.

“Bradley Manning reasonably believed that he was revealing evidence of human rights violations,” said Naureen Shah, Advocacy Advisor at Amnesty International. “His prosecution and this sentence are another sign of the U.S. government’s misplaced priorities. While torturers go free, while the United States has refused to investigate credible allegations of torture and other crimes under international law, they have chosen to prosecute Bradley Manning instead of focusing on these abuses committed during the war on terrorism.”

Although the leaked records revealed potential crimes committed by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan (such as the 2007 killing of two Reuters journalists and unarmed civilians near Baghdad), Manning was barred from presenting a “public interest” defense during the trial.

Civilian defense attorney David Coombs said he will file a request for the President to pardon Manning or commute his sentence this week.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Manning’s application “will be considered…like any other application.”


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