“President Barack Obama has defended his decision to free Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning, 29 years before her scheduled release.
He told his final news conference that “justice has been served”.
Manning was sentenced to 35 years for leaking diplomatic cables to the group, one of the largest breaches of classified material in US history.
The commutation of her sentence has been attacked by Republicans as sending the wrong message.”
Now, it doesn’t take a genius to tie that story to this one:
So, the commuting of Manning’s sentence is a ploy to “get” Assange as a final “victory” for Obama and co.
The WikiLeaks founder, however, is no fool, as his latest move demonstrates:
“The attorney for Julian Assange said President Obama’s commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence does not meet the conditions of the WikiLeaks head’s offer to be extradited to the United States if Manning were pardoned.
Obama on Tuesday commuted Manning’s sentence for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, leading many to wonder whether that meant Assange was ready to surrender to the Department of Justice.
“Mr. Assange welcomes the announcement that Ms. Manning’s sentence will be reduced and she will be released in May, but this is well short of what he sought,” said Barry Pollack, Assange’s U.S.-based attorney, via email.
“Mr. Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately.”
Assange has not been publicly charged with a crime in the United States, but his legal team believes he may be charged “under seal,” where charges are kept secret to prevent a suspect from preparing an escape.
Assange first offered in September to trade extradition to the U.S. for a pardon for Manning. He reiterated the claim as recently as last week on Twitter.
“If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case,” tweeted WikiLeaks’s official account on Thursday.
On Tuesday, the White House denied that tweet had anything to do with commuting Manning’s sentence.”
Now, the WikiLeaks founder, who is no fool, makes his next move:
The game is afoot. Next move…?