Chelsea Manning, formerly Pfc. Bradley Manning, said the leak of classified U.S. information was in the name of transparency.
Manning's court martial trial began in a June at Ft. Meade, MD. Manning was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of leaking the "Collateral Murder" video and other intelligence files to the whistleblower site WikiLeaks. Manning was found guilty on July 30 of 20 charges, including 6 breaches of the Espionage Act.
Manning is now serving 35 years in prison for leaking classified U.S. info to WikiLeaks. Her rank was reduced and she was dishonorably discharged. After her sentencing in Sept. 2013 she asked for a presidential pardon and release from prison. A pardon is seen as unlikely.
Army Maj. Gen. Jeffery Buchanan on April 14 upheld Pfc. Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year sentence, the final action in the court martial of the former intelligence analyst. The move means an automatic appeal can be made to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
Manning in March filed a petition with a Kansas court to legally be called Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. Officials at Fort Leavenworth, where Manning is serving a 35-year sentence, said a formal name change would be required for Manning to be known by her preferred name. A hearing in the request is set for April 23.
Chelsea Manning in Oct. 2013 issued her first post-sentencing statement, telling the Guardian that she is a "transparency advocate" and doesn't consider herself a pacifist -- a label some public profiles of her have used to explain her actions.
"It's not terribly clear to me that my actions were explicitly done for "peace"… I feel that the public cannot decide what actions and policies are or are not justified if they don't even know the most rudimentary details about them and their effects." Chelsea Manning
Manning, in a June 14 New York Times op-ed, wrote about press freedom in Iraq, calling for greater access and reforms. Manning says there's a gap between information she received as an intelligence analyst and news reports in U.S. media, which were "flooded with foggy speculation and simplifications."
"The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world we live in." Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning
On March 4 Manning was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by several Pirate Party-affiliated groups including Icelandic politician Birgitta Jonsdottir and her party The Movement, as well as the former Secretary of State in Tunisia for Sport & Youth.
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