On Dec. 11, 2016, The Hill reported that a We the People website petition reached critical mass in the number of signatures subscribed, requiring a response from the White House. Chelsea Manning, who held herself out as a whistleblower after having leaked Iraq and Afghani classified military intelligence documents, asked President Obama for a sentence reduction in November 2016. She is currently into six years of a 35-year sentence.
She began a hunger strike to highlight prison conditions at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The whistleblower also attempted suicide during incarceration awaiting solitary confinement.
We the People is a website operated by the White House. Once an on-line petition reaches a threshold of 100, 000 signatures with 30 days of posting, it must be reviewed by the White House within 60 days. The threshold occurred on the afternoon of Dec. 11.
Both the Americana for Civil Liberties Union and the LGBT community supported Manning in her quest. The latter’s support arises out Manning’s gender identity disorder diagnosed by the U.S. Army; where she served as Bradley Manning.
Written by Bob Reinhard
Edited by Cathy Milne
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