Barack Obama has pardoned or commuted more prison sentences than any other President in history. Most have been for drug-related crimes, but he’s saved the most controversial commutations for last.
On the 17th Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning — convicted as Bradley Manning — who, in a 2010 leak to Wikileaks, revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world. Manning will be released in May.
That wasn’t the only commutation proffered. Even those who agree with Manning’s commutation will have to cringe at who he commuted next: terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera. Rivera was a Puerto Rican nationalist who was arrested and tried for seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms, and conspiracy to transport explosives with intent to destroy government property. Bill Clinton offered to commute his sentence, but Rivera refused because he would have to publicly renounce violence.
What a guy.
To little surprise, those in law enforcement and our intelligence agencies are less than thrilled about this.
As Western Journalism reported:
Both Fox News and CNN reported that Defense Secretary Ash Carter, as well as top Army leaders, opposed Obama’s action to let Manning go free after serving only seven of the 35 years to which the former Army intelligence analyst was sentenced for giving military secrets to WikiLeaks.
CNN quoted what it called a “former intelligence official” who said the “entire intelligence community is deflated by this inexplicable use of executive power.”
The official denounced Obama’s action as “deeply hypocritical given Obama’s denunciation of WikiLeaks’ role in the hacking of the (Democratic National Committee).”
Fox News reported the damage from Manning’s leaks was extensive.
“Ambassadors were forced to resign, [CIA] station chiefs had to be recalled, secret diplomatic cables were revealed,” Fox News reported one official as saying.
Obama waited until his last week in office because he decided to show some kindness to terrorists outside the ones in Guantanamo Bay he cares so much for.
Also hilarious is that Edward Snowden and Julian Assange haven’t seen pardons from Obama – even though their actions aren’t much different from those of Manning. Why? Because both played a role in exposing Barack Obama, and the Democrat Party, of course.
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