WikiLeaks: ‘Trump Is Wrong’ About Chelsea Manning

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On Thursday, shortly after President Trump called Chelsea Manning an “ungrateful traitor,” the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks responded to the President’s criticism.

Trump’s criticism seemed to be leveled at Manning’s op-ed piece in The Guardian where she called President Obama a “weak leader,” after Obama had commuted her 35 year sentence and ordered her release from prison. Trump also said that she should never have been released from prison.

“Trump is wrong,” WikiLeaks tweeted in response to the President, adding “Manning was found innocent of ‘aiding the enemy’ &Pentagon admitted under oath no one harmed.”

WikiLeaks then called out the President in a subsequent tweet pointing to a tweet from him last July when he slammed both Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“Trump denounces Manning for agreeing with him. Compare,” WikiLeaks posted.

President Donald Trump early Thursday morning blasted Chelsea Manning, calling her “ungrateful traitor” who should have remained in prison.

“Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!” Trump tweeted.

Manning wrote her first column since the former president commuted her sentence for leaking classified documents. In it, in urging progressive resistance, she said that Obama had “few permanent accomplishments.”

“This vulnerable legacy should remind us that what we really need is a strong and unapologetic progressive to lead us. What we need as well is a relentless grassroots movement to hold that leadership accountable,” she wrote in The Guardian.

“The one simple lesson to draw from President Obama’s legacy: do not start of with a compromise. They won’t meet you in the middle,” she added.

In one of his last acts in office, Obama commuted Manning’s 35 year sentence. The transgender former Army private publicly started identifying as a woman in 2013. Obama said that Manning had paid her debt to society. “I feel very comfortable that justice has been served,” Obama said at his last news conference.

“Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence,” he said. “So the notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital classified information would think that this is going unpunished, I don’t think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served.”

Manning’s piece was less a statement about Obama than the hardline positions that the right has taken in America.

WikiLeaks praised Obama’s commutation of Manning’s sentence.

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