Obama went ahead and commuted the sentence of traitor Chelsea Manning despite the protest of US military leaders. According to Fox News and CNN, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and other top army leaders were against Obama’s decision to free Manning after serving seven of the 35 years which she got for giving military secrets to WikiLeaks.
CNN quoted what it called a “former intelligence official” who stated the “entire intelligence community is deflated by this inexplicable use of executive power.”
Fox News reported the damage from Manning’s leaks was extensive. The operative criticized Obama’s decision as “deeply hypocritical given Obama’s denunciation of WikiLeaks’ role in the hacking of the (Democratic National Committee).”
“Ambassadors were forced to resign, CIA station chiefs had to be recalled, secret diplomatic cables were revealed,” reported Fox News.
Fox mentioned two intelligence sources as saying that after some Afghanistan reports were made public in 2010, the Taliban “went on a killing spree,” killing anyone who matched the description of someone helping the U.S.
If the report read “someone with short dark hair was helping the U.S., the Taliban took out everyone with short dark hair. It was indiscriminate,” a source said for the network.
Writing for the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin maintained that Obama’s commutation of Manning’s sentence “defies rational explanation.”
Rubin said that even if Obama wanted to show compassion, a reduced sentence could have done the trick.
“An administration that understandably went ballistic when the leaks first occurred and has prosecuted more leaking cases than all his predecessors combined, looks feckless, to put it mildly,” wrote Jennifer.
According to Rubin, Obama’s decision was disapproved by military leaders.
“At a time when we are battling cyberattacks and combating the notion that WikiLeaks is a respected news organization, setting Manning free seems to convey exactly the wrong message to our enemies and to potential leakers at the wrong time,” she wrote.
Rubin mentioned the action in the context of a different aspect of the Obama legacy.
“Just as the genocide in Syria, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the decline in military preparedness, the deterioration in U.S.-Israel relations, the premature decision to pull all troops out of Iraq and the spread of the Islamic State on his watch will be part of his legacy, so too will the Manning commutation. History, we suspect, will not look kindly on any of it,” she explained.
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