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Amnesty International believes that Chelsea Manning, the US soldier sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment for leaking classified government material she believed was in the public interest, should be shown clemency and immediately released. This is in recognition of:
- Her motivation: Manning acted in the hope that she could spark a meaningful debate on the costs of war and specifically on the conduct of the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- The extended period of time she has already spent in pre-trial detention and the treatment she received, which was described by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture as cruel and inhumane.
Please sign in support of AI’s letter to Major General Buchanan, which will be included in the clemency petition to be submitted by Chelsea Manning’s attorney in early 2014.
I, the undersigned, support Amnesty International’s letter calling for clemency for Chelsea Manning.
Summary of case: (Full letter available here)
- Private Manning has accepted responsibility for her actions and claims she was acting in the public interest, and not for selfish or unpatriotic reasons.
- The materials leaked by Manning revealed potential human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law by US troops, Iraqi and Afghan forces operating alongside US forces, military contractors, and the CIA.
- The severity of the sentence imposed on Private Manning is more harsh than that imposed on some members of the military who have been convicted of serious crimes, including murder, rape and war crimes.
- Private Manning has already served more than three years in pre-trial detention, including 11 months in conditions acknowledged as breaching military standards, and condemned as cruel and inhumane by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.