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Pfc. Chelsea Manning Seeks Presidential Pardon

Pfc. Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) is seeking a Presidential pardon following her conviction for leaking military files to WikiLeaks. She's been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Reuters reports:

The U.S. soldier convicted of providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified materials in the nation's history has asked for a presidential pardon, supporters said on Wednesday.

The request for Chelsea, formerly known as Bradley, Manning, was filed by attorney David Coombs on Tuesday, according to a statement on the Pardon Private Manning website.

"I urge you to consider this matter closely and to take a positive step towards protecting whistleblowers who release information to the media for the public good by either reducing Private Manning's sentence to time served, or by granting him a full pardon," Coombs said in a letter to President Barack Obama via the Justice Department and to Army Secretary John McHugh carried on the website.

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A court-martial convicted Manning, 25, in July of 20 charges, including espionage and theft, for providing more than 700,000 classified files, videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, a pro-transparency website.

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Is Manning justified in seeking a pardon? Is there any chance in Hell that she'll receive it??