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Chelsea Manning: which one doesn't belong?

Let’s all take a trip down memory lane to our Sesame Street days and engage in the following exercise of “Which One Doesn’t Belong”:

Private Manning’s sentence is more than 17 times longer than any other sentence previously administered for providing information to the media. When compared to those who committed the human rights violations described above, it seems clear that this sentence serves only one purpose: to make an example of a soldier who only intended to show the true costs of war.

Amnesty International has spoken out about the charges brought against Manning, the verdict and the sentence that was handed down. Amnesty International has also provided a letter of support for Manning’s application for clemency from the President, and now the human rights organization is supporting Manning’s attorneys in a separate avenue to review the sentence and verdict.

As part of the Military Court Martial process, the Convening Authority which oversees the trial can modify the findings and the sentence of the court martial upon application from the defendant. While this application process may still take another month or more to complete, Amnesty International has drafted a letter of support for this application requesting a reduction in sentence to time served and has launched a petition to collect signatures for this letter. Amnesty International will provide this letter along with all signatures collected to Manning’s attorneys to be submitted with the application to the Convening Authority once it is completed.

Justin Mazzola is an Attorney and Researcher at Amnesty International USA.

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