(National Sentinel) Bad Karma: Former U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning, who was convicted on multiple accounts of violations of the Espionage Act of 1917 before being pardoned by President Obama, tweeted insults at police officers on Tuesday, including “F**k the police.”
In his Twitter rant, Manning, who is formerly known as Pfc. Bradley Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, also accused police of being a bigger threat to society than the criminal element.
He also wrote, “police kill hundreds of people every year with impunity,” and, “police and prosecutors steal more through “civil asset forfeiture” than all “property crime” combined.”
A military judge, Col. Denise R. Lind, convicted Manning of six counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and most of the other crimes he was charged with in July 2013. He was facing up to 136 years in prison.
Manning stole and then turned over hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks, which then published them.
“While advocates of open government celebrated his acquittal on the most serious charge, the case still appears destined to stand as a fierce warning to any government employee who is tempted to make public vast numbers of secret documents,” The New York Times reported.
On his way out the door in January 2017, Obama overruled his secretary of defense and commuted Manning’s sentence. Manning was released from prison in May.
A commutation does not erase a conviction, however; only a pardon can do that. Still, Obama’s decision outraged scores of Americans upset that Manning violated his oath and likely harmed national security.
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