Bradley Manning files for presidential pardon

posted at 3:31 pm on September 8, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

You probably thought that the story of Bradley Manning had come to a close, and for the most part you’d be right. But there are still some inevitable legal details to play out, and one of those which everyone saw coming took place this week. Manning’s defense team has officially requested a pardon from the President of the United States. (Ed noted that this was going to happen several weeks ago.) The Daily Mail covers the details, using the oh so politically correct trend of referring to Manning as a lady.

Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon for handing U.S state secrets to the WikiLeaks website because it was done ‘out of a love for my country’.

According to documents released today, Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, has sent a Petition for Pardon to President Barack Obama.

The White House said last month that if Manning requested a presidential pardon she would be considered the same as anyone else.

In the petition she wrote that she had started questioning the morality of U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan while reading secret military reports.

She said: ‘When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and sense of duty to others.’

Manning acknowledged she had broken the law, adding, ‘I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States.’

Manning signed the petition ‘Bradley Manning’, not Chelsea, as her name has not legally been changed.

This was a given, and virtually anyone who finds themselves convicted in a “controversial” case such as this with a national spotlight will often apply for a pardon. One of the legal experts contacted by the Daily Mail rated Manning’s petition as having a ‘zero per cent’ chance of success. And at least for the time being, that might not be a far fetched analysis. The President has already disappointed and disillusioned his most faithful, far Left allies by being the stingiest President of the modern era when it comes to the power of the pardon. (The Oval Office approves just 2% of applications these days.)

Of course, that may change quite a bit in 2016. Presidents are famous – or infamous – for granting a flurry of requests during the final months of their terms. Bill Clinton is an excellent example, having granted a total of 150 pardons over his eight years in office, but 140 of those all came on January 20, 2001. Would Obama do something similar? Some may believe that he would fret over his legacy in a case like this, and by the time he leaves office Manning would have only served roughly three years – or less than 10% – of his sentence. That’s far less time than convicts typically serve before getting a pardon. But who knows? Stranger things have happened.


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Chelsea.

steebo77 on September 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

I could see Obama wanting to be the first President to pardon a transgender traitor.

portlandon on September 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

She said? SHE?!

Just, no.

mudskipper on September 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM

70 / 30 he’ll get the pardon…

ExpressoBold on September 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM

It’ll never happen. Not even Obama will pardon this traitor.

On a side note, how are you guys getting comments in with all of these liberal trolls clamoring to post comments in support of their president taking us into war with Syria? I might be skeptical about his base if there wasn’t this groundswell of positive comments from them right here on HotAir.

Staggering.

smoothsailing on September 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Mamiya Abu-jamal will get one.
This guy – Probably not.

TimBuk3 on September 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Sure it will happen…. having the sex change and all that makes him fit right in.

watertown on September 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Not.Gonna.Happen.

CW on September 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

She said? SHE?!

mudskipper on September 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM

It.

With no offense to Addams Family members.

Shy Guy on September 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

…her

KOOLAID2 on September 8, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Who will pay for his sex-change operation then?

davidk on September 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Obozo’s saving his pardons for his closest friends.

Flange on September 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Approved, b!tch.
Barack Hussein Obama

spiritof61 on September 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

It’s not like Manning has anything else to do.

kim roy on September 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Bradley Manning was in the Army, not Chelsea Manning. Any story about this traitor should stick to the facts and leave P.C. out of it.

HoosierStateofMind on September 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

He ought to pardon Brad, but make Chelsea do the time.

BKeyser on September 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

S/b Samantha Manning, like Power at the UN.

Schadenfreude on September 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

We fully expect that most of our political leadership will lie, cheat and steal,and then try and pass the buck and blame anyone and anything except themselves. The US military is today the most respected institution in this country, primarily for the gallantry and sacrifices of our troops. But as many a general officer rises in the ranks, he or she becomes far more concerned with getting the next star than with fulfilling their oath. He worries more about pleasing the man who makes the nominations than the oath to protect and defend the country, and the troops he commands.

This is not another rant about how political correctness is running wild inside the Pentagon. It is, and the forces are being degraded because of it. The generals were afraid, early on, to end Maj. Hassan’s career, refused to call what he did an act of terror, and then, in perhaps the ultimate travesty, continued to pay his salary and benefits to the extent of some $300k, until he was convicted, while returning veterans in need wait endlessly to receive care at VA hospitals.

But Gen Dempsey has committed perhaps the most egregious sin
of all: he sat back, kept his mouth shut, and allowed Kerry and Hagel to blatant

ly lie to the congressional committees and the American people.

Schadenfreude on September 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Wouldn’t that be Chelsea Elizabeth Manning?

Resist We Much on September 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM

What odd timing. The best time to file for a pardon is after a direct appeal and when the potus is on his way out in cases that carry political repercussions. I think Bradley is out of control and not listening to any legal advice.

Blake on September 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Her err, His It’s parents must be so proud…

OmahaConservative on September 8, 2013 at 3:47 PM

the generals were afraid, early on, to end Maj. Hassan’s career, refused to call what he did an act of terror,

‘I’m concerned that this increased speculation could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers. And I’ve asked our Army leaders to be on the lookout for that. Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.’

- General Casey

Resist We Much on September 8, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Keep an eye on Eric ‘Pardon’ Holder. If he could work to get a pardon for the biggest tax cheat in American history, he could easily do this.

Resist We Much on September 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Mamiya Abu-jamal will get one.
This guy – Probably not.

TimBuk3 on September 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Mumiya is in the state pen, so only the governor can pardon him.

The pardon that really worries me is if Obama would pardon Leonard Peltier, radical AIM guy who killed two FBI agents on Pine Ridge Reservation, SD in 1975.

Wethal on September 8, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Talk about a massive rationalization.

Cindy Munford on September 8, 2013 at 3:49 PM

He is definitely a fine looking babe but I think the pardon is a long shot.

Mason on September 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Clinton pardoned Puerto Rican terrorists to help Hillary with the NY Puerto Rican vote in her senate race.

Obama will possibly pardon whatever felon represents some Dem voting bloc.

Wethal on September 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Surely this is a case of mistaken-identity? /

Anyway, sure this will be Obama’s Scooter Libby and payment to the gay lobby, whose donations he wants to maintain.

virgo on September 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Sorry, Bradleychelsea Manwomaning – obama only pardons muslims.

Pork-Chop on September 8, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Who will pay for his sex-change operation then?

davidk on September 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Let’s compromise and do just the first half of the surgery. :)

Shy Guy on September 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Nope, not until January 20, 2017.

Ward Cleaver on September 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Let’s compromise and do just the first half of the surgery. :)

Shy Guy on September 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

She-male.

Ward Cleaver on September 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

I worry about Obama pardoning Leonard Peltier.

Blake on September 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Bradley can legally change his name to “Chelsea”, but there is no reason to ever refer to him as “her” or “she”. He will still be a (pitiful excuse for a) man, even if he gets his crotch mutilated and his blood chemistry screwed over. This idiocy of demanding that the body conform to the mind instead of the mind conforming to the body is ridiculous, and the people that indulge these kinds of fantasies by using contra-factual nonporous should be ashamed of themselves.

Count to 10 on September 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Let’s compromise and do just the first half of the surgery. :)

Shy Guy on September 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

She-male.

Ward Cleaver on September 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Nah. We have enough Hillary Clintons running around…

Resist We Much on September 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

She-male.

Ward Cleaver on September 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Actually, I would just call him “Stubby” at that point.

Shy Guy on September 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

She???? ‘she’ hasn’t had the sex change yet has ‘she’??? anyways…’she’ will always be a he because that’s what God Made HIM!!

sadsushi on September 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I could see Obama wanting to be the first President to pardon a transgender traitor.

portlandon on September 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Probably “earn” him a second Nobel Peace Prize!

Del Dolemonte on September 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Manning’s appeal (which is required by law, something he nor his lawyers can avoid, and not a voluntary thing, as in civilian trials) has not yet arrived at the US Court of Military Appeals.

My sense is that his lawyers fully understand that his convictions, the several, to include those he pleaded guilty to, will not be overturned by the USCMA.

Depending on the mood of that court, his sentences may be increased. Or they may be left as issued. I doubt they would be shortened.

There are larger issues at stake…and Manning is not a major one.

Manning’s reasons for such a pardon are what?

That he is transgender?

Was conflicted?

Was too young?

What exactly?

Maybe if he were a major bundler for Obama. his chances would improve greatly for such a pardon.

If he is pardoned for being transgender or gender confused…what then? In future no transgender or gender confused service member can be convicted even on the most minor of charges?

If he was conflicted? Every member of the armed forces issued a weapon is conflicted at some point or other. They would not be human, otherwise.

Too young? Lot’s of young men and women have done some pretty spectacular and heroic things while they were “too young.” We call them heroes, in every sense of the word.

Manning did the crime.

Obviously isn’t man enough to do the time.

Now, about Manning’s chain of command…locally, in Iraq.

Courts martial for them begin when?

And that is the adjunct crime nobody wants to talk about.

coldwarrior on September 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

From one sissy to another, manning asks the president….

crosshugger on September 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Better yet from one traitor to another

crosshugger on September 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

On a side note, how are you guys getting comments in with all of these liberal trolls clamoring to post comments in support of their president taking us into war with Syria? I might be skeptical about his base if there wasn’t this groundswell of positive comments from them right here on HotAir.

Staggering.

smoothsailing on September 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Funny, I view the reflexively anti-war, blame-America-first crowd as liberals. I was kind of wondering how this blog went so far down the tubes that they have taken over.

Count to 10 on September 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

If I had a ____, ____’d look like ______.

/fill in the blanks appropriately

Paul-Cincy on September 8, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Funny, I view the reflexively anti-war, blame-America-first crowd as liberals. I was kind of wondering how this blog went so far down the tubes that they have taken over.

Count to 10 on September 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Is that what you’re substituting for clamoring to post a supportive comment for allowing this president to take us to war in Syria?

Make your case.

smoothsailing on September 8, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Pardon, because of the nonstop cruel torture that Chelsea has had to undergo since entering Leavenworth. She is forced to

–Wear male prison apparel
–Be incarcerated with male inmates
–Be addressed as “Bradley” or “Brad”
–Shower with male inmates
–Use male bathroom facilities, including urinals
–Retain male genitalia
–Be denied cosmetics

In accordance with Executive Order #567392636, no member of the BLTGQXYZ Community may suffer discrimination while incarcerated in a Federal Facility. In light of this clear violation of the UCMJ and United Nations Human Rights, we demand a full and immediate pardon.

We love you Chelsea
Oh yes we do-oo
We don’t love any girl
As much as you-oo
When you’re in prison
We’re blue
Oh Chelsea we love you

spiritof61 on September 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM

It is not a “she” it is a he. If Manning burned to death in a fire and that had to identify the body the DNA would come back as a male.

The Notorious G.O.P on September 8, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Barry might plan to do a twofer, and pardon his Brother Hassan at the same time, and save on paper.

LegendHasIt on September 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Obama Hates Gays?

faraway on September 8, 2013 at 4:29 PM

We can pardon Manning AFTER he serves his full term in front of a firing squad.

landlines on September 8, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Keep an eye on Eric ‘Pardon’ Holder. If he could work to get a pardon for the biggest tax cheat in American history, he could easily do this.

Resist We Much on September 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM

.
I expect there must be a “contribution” to “the party” for any backroom politicking to commence.

ExpressoBold on September 8, 2013 at 4:42 PM

obama would consider pardoning HIM as a plus, would really play well for the UN positions he may want later.

dmacleo on September 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

What do you call a gay traitor?

A “gator”!

Duh Huh!

BigAlSouth on September 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Is that what you’re substituting for clamoring to post a supportive comment for allowing this president to take us to war in Syria?

Make your case.

smoothsailing on September 8, 2013 at 4:17 PM

seemed to me person was agreeing with you.
I may be wrong.

dmacleo on September 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

What do you call a gay traitor? A “gator”! Duh Huh! BigAlSouth on September 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Benedict JetBoy?

Akzed on September 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Maybe Bradley Womanning should be pardoned … and deported directly into the understanding arms of some the beneficiaries of his traitorous deed, the Taliban.

M240H on September 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Wonder if Womanning is getting any action in the joint?

OmahaConservative on September 8, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Since we are on the subject of UCMJ

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/7/marine-corps-retreats-court-martial-charges-taliba/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Capt. Clement’s defense counsel obtained a sworn statement from Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, who had been overseeing all urination cases as the convening authority. He told of a one-on-one meeting in 2012 with Gen. Amos in which the commandant said he wanted Marine defendants “crushed” via courts-martial

Here’s another one

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3063675/posts

Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, a Christian serving in the Air Force whose unit is now commanded by a lesbian: according to Monk’s complaint filed with his superiors, he was relieved of duty for refusing his commander’s order to say he supports gay marriage.

Now the Air Force has taken the first steps to criminally investigate Monk for talking to the media about his situation. Despite the fact that earlier this year the Obama-Hagel Pentagon said they would never court-martial a service member for their Christian faith, they have taken the first steps to possibly court-martial Monk.

warren on September 8, 2013 at 5:17 PM

BigAlSouth on September 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Not a Florida fan, I see.

coldwarrior on September 8, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Now a pardon? Put against a wall and shot would be better.

mixplix on September 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I’m surprised they’re not just arguing that all those rotten, evil, treacherous actions were committed by some guy named Bradley Manning, who no longer exists, and that it is wholly unjust to punish a nice lady named Chelsea just because she (apparently) bears some superficial resemblance to this Bradley character…

morganfrost on September 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM

morganfrost on September 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Would maybe have worked better if it were brought up at trial.

Might have actually worked.

coldwarrior on September 8, 2013 at 5:41 PM

HE. Not she. He can mutilate himself all he wants, but I’m gonna call people what they are, whether they like it or not.

Othniel on September 8, 2013 at 5:41 PM

When do we see tanks rolling down Pennsylvania avenue?

hip shot on September 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, a Christian serving in the Air Force whose unit is now commanded by a lesbian: according to Monk’s complaint filed with his superiors, he was relieved of duty for refusing his commander’s order to say he supports gay marriage.

warren on September 8, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Because it’s all about tolerance and diversity, you see.

spiritof61 on September 8, 2013 at 5:55 PM

To be followed by the Presidential Unpardon of George Zimmerman.

Xavier on September 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

The White House said last month that if Manning requested a presidential pardon she would be considered the same as anyone else.

Who writes this crap? Who writes like this and doesn’t experience some kind of cognitive dissonance unless they’re wacked themselves?

Cleombrotus on September 8, 2013 at 6:14 PM

I’m sure Eric Holder will send a note saying that the President regrets he cannot issue a pardon, as he’s too busy RAISING FUNDS for his memorial library and mausoleum. Holder will then suggest before any further appeal is made, Manning would be wise to Google Marc Rich.

GarandFan on September 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I wasn’t aware that Manning had completed the legal process necessary to change his name to Chelsea.

Until then, he is LEGALLY Bradley. Deal with it, Liberal pukes.

Or pay for his name change. It isn’t that expensive.

ProfShadow on September 8, 2013 at 8:16 PM

In a sane America (there’s no such thing as a “sane world”), I would have said a presidential pardon was impossible. But this is no longer a sane America.

RebeccaH on September 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Ugh! WHY do people insist on enabling delusional behavior? The Daily Mail should be ashamed of itself.

Murf76 on September 8, 2013 at 9:11 PM

This IT… that’d rather hear a fat boy fart than a pretty girl sing…can still sit down to write a pardon letter?

Those prison guys are pretty slow to break in this mud lover.

Twana on September 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM

When do we see tanks rolling down Pennsylvania avenue?

hip shot on September 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Not soon enough for me…maybe if we make a deal with the Egyptian Armies…who’ve certainly shown they have the sauce it takes to take on it’s mutts.

Twana on September 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Bradley should take his punishment like a man! Oh wait!

punditbob on September 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

seemed to me person was agreeing with you.
I may be wrong.

dmacleo on September 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I took it as they thought all the antiwar sentiment expressed here was like the game liberals play.

I may be wrong.

smoothsailing on September 8, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Obamacaretax will set a president and be the first president to pardon himself before leaving office.

Slowburn on September 9, 2013 at 4:51 AM

I doubt Manning is really a transsexual, or to be politically correct, transgender. I would guess he is using the gender angle to garner sympathy.

zoyclem on September 9, 2013 at 7:34 AM

I guess he thinks since no one in the Obama administration is ever held accountable for crimes…and since Obama has ‘pardoned’ the organizer of the Benghazi attack (by refusing to take action against him), it can’t hurt to ask Obama to cut him some slack, too. Also, Holder has ‘pardoned’ terrorists under Clinton, New Black Panthers arrested for threatening voters in 2008, a woman who bragged about voting for Obama 6 times in 2012, and evey illegal alien for any crime less than a felony so far, so he’s got a valid shot of getting his own pardon.

easyt65 on September 9, 2013 at 7:42 AM

I say we compromise:

1. Sex change NO
2. Pardon NO
3. Blonde wig, lipstick and a dress he can wear in prison. YES
I’m sure his boyfriends in prison would appreciate it as well.
Since I’m such a giver I’ll even throw in brunette and redhead wigs.

He can call himself anything he wishes and wear anything he wishes in prison.
He wants to remove his twig and berries he can do that with his own money after he serves ALL his sentence.

Bubba Redneck on September 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Only in Liberal America can we manufacture a side show like this one. So some turd who should have never been enlisted, skates punishment (manifestly deserved) and oh by the way, so as not to hurt his feeling damage is sensitive self, we change his sex for him/her? Swell.

StevC on September 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM