Mr. Obama issued 273 pardons and commutations yesterday. He cut Bradley/Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence to time served. The now-transgender soldier was convicted of Espionage Act violations and other charges for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The White House announced that Mr. Obama “has now granted more commutations than any president in this nation’s history.” In fact, they proudly noted that is more than “the total number of commutations issued by the past 12 presidents combined.”
Julian Assange said “Manning should never have been convicted in the first place…” Manning “is a hero, whose bravery should be applauded.” Mr. Assange said he would not fight extradition if Manning was freed.
“It was the right thing to do,” my friend Fanny Guay said. “The Right’s claim that Manning’s leaks cost lives was false.”
Looks like the only secrets the Left care about are the Sony memos and salary worksheets.
“No, that’s not it,” Liz Arden replied, double teaming me. “Only people who do it for the right reasons.”
So it would be OK for the Russians to release the RNC emails but not Hillary’s?
It’s required that I release my tax return but illegal to publish a teacher’s salary?
“Exactly!” Ms. Guay said. Ms. Arden did the happy dance that I was finally getting it.
But, wait. I taught at Vermont colleges.
“Oh, then you’re protected,” Ms. Guay said.
Now I do get it. I notice that Mr. Assange is still in the Ecuadorian embassy. He’s still a protected good guy. Except for the little matter of the DNC emails.
Along with Chelsea Manning, here are the other people who received pardons and commutations.
Pretty sure I saw a headline today that Assange was going along with extradition to the US. Got a hunch he’ll hold off until after Friday…. (I sure as hell would!)
As of 2:28 p.m. EST, there are reports that Mr. Assange’s offer to surrender to American authorities has fallen apart. As expected.