Manning to Seek Pardon from Obama
Bradley Manning will send a personal plea to Barack Obama next week for a presidential pardon after he was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years in prison.
Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, has described his client as a whistleblower who tried to present necessary information to the American people — who Coombs called the ultimate oversight in the United States democracy.
Coombs said Manning provided valuable insight into a secret realm most American citizens would otherwise never see.
Amnesty International also called on President Obama to commute Manning's sentence to time served, international media inform.
A US military judge sentenced Manning to 35 years in prison Wednesday for leaking classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
Manning had already admitted passing hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks while stationed in Iraq in 2010, saying in a pre-trial hearing he had leaked the secret files in order to spark a public debate about US foreign policy and the military.