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Chelsea Manning will remain in Army after prison release, receive health care benefits


Another great example of progressive lunacy.

From Fox News:

Chelsea Manning will remain on active duty following her release from military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on May 17, the U.S. Army said Sunday.

Manning will be an unpaid soldier and will be eligible for health care and other benefits, USA Today reported. She will remain a private, Army spokesman Dave Foster told the paper.

“Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review,” Foster said.

Manning was granted clemency in the final days of the Obama administration. She thanked former President Obama last Tuesday in her first statement since being granted clemency.

"For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea," she said in the statement. "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world. Freedom used to be something that I dreamed of but never allowed myself to fully imagine."

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Former President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of Manning before leaving office, allowing the Army intelligence officer who leaked scores of classified documents to go free nearly three decades early.

Chase Strangio, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney representing Manning, said the president's action "quite literally save Chelsea's life."

"We are all better off knowing that Chelsea Manning will walk out of prison a free woman, dedicated to making the world a better place and fighting for justice for so many," Stangio said in a statement.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on Manning:

“This is just outrageous. Chelsea Manning’s treachery put American lives at risk and exposed some of our nation’s most sensitive secrets. President Obama now leaves in place a dangerous precedent that those who compromise our national security won’t be held accountable for their crimes.”

Former President Obama defended his decision to commute the sentence of convicted intelligence leaker Manning. He told reporters at his final press conference in January that "justice has been served."

"I feel very comfortable that justice has been served.

"Let’s be clear Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence. The notion that the average person who is thinking about exposing vital classified information will think that it goes unpunished; I don’t think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served.

“It has been my view that given she went to trial, that due process was carried out, that she took responsibility for her crime, that the sentence that she received was very disproportionate relative to what other leakers had received, and that she had served a significant amount of time, that it made sense to commute and not pardon her sentence,” Obama said.

An Army appeals court has ruled that the military must refer to Private Bradley (aka Chelsea) Manning as a woman in all future court proceedings and documents.


Col. Lorianne M. Campanella, Col. Eric Krauss, and Col. R. Tideman Penland of the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals said that “future formal papers filed before this court and all future orders and decisions issued by this court shall either be neutral, e.g., Private First Class Manning or appellant, or employ a feminine pronoun.”

“This is an important victory for Chelsea, who has been mistreated by the government for years. Though only a small step in a long legal fight, my co-counsel, Vincent Ward, Captain Dave Hammond, and I are thrilled that Chelsea will be respected as the woman she is in all legal filings," Nancy Hollander, lead counsel in Manning’s appeal, said.

“The court rightly recognized that dignifying Chelsea’s womanhood is not the trivial matter that the government attempted to frame it as.

"This is an important development in Chelsea’s fight for adequate medical care for her gender dysphoria. That fight continues but at least the government can no longer attempt to erase Chelsea’s identity by referring to her as male in every legal filing," Chase Strangio, staff attorney at ACLU and attorney in Manning’s lawsuit seeking medical care for his/her gender dysphoria, said.

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