Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning`s sentence

"WASHINGTON President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted Mr. Obama’s administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures."

"The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to kill herself last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman at the men`s military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction."

"[When] McCord approached a van targeted by the airstrike, he heard a noise he wasn't expecting: the cry of a little girl."

"`I think she was four years old and you could tell she had a wound to the stomach and I remember her looking at me and the blood around her eyes made her eyes so ghostly,` he says."

"McCord grabbed the girl and ran her into a nearby building. There he picked the glass out of her eyes so she could blink and handed her off to a medic."

"`I went back outside and we were told to take pictures and so I started taking pictures of the van,` he says."

"Then he discovered another child."

"`That's me right there,` McCord tells Lopez as he walks her through the now infamous `Collateral Murder` clip. `That is a little boy that I originally thought was dead`."

"Despite their injuries, the children survived. Part of Ethan McCord, though, changed forever."

"`I couldn't stop myself from crying,` he says."

"McCord sought out mental health afterward, and says he was mocked by his commanders and threatened with expulsion from the military."

"`And that's when I started drinking,` he says. `And the mental health [doctor] had given me prescriptions: 13 prescriptions`."

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