American citizens have long favoured information and government openness over secrecy. But the landscape is changing with heightened anti-leak and anti-press rhetoric.
The transgender US army soldier had been convicted for passing secrets to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified data in the history of the US.
Manning was recently released from a US military prison seven years after being arrested for passing secrets to WikiLeaks in the largest breach of classified information in US history.
Before he left office, president Barack Obama commuted the final 28 years of Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence.
In 2010, the former military intelligence analyst, then known as Private First Class Bradley Manning, provided thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks.
Intelligence leaker Chelsea Manning spoke out ahead of her release after spending nearly seven years in prison before being granted clemency by Obama.
Acts of rape and sexual slavery committed by members of a Congolese armed group against other members are now war crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC.
Julian Assange has now said he will stand by his extradition offer if his rights were protected.
Stepping behind the White House podium for the last time, Obama’s seemed to be addressing an audience of one: the man who will replace him at noon Friday.
“If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case,” WikiLeaks has tweeted last week.
The ex-National Security Agency contractor shook the American intelligence establishment to its core in 2013 with a series of devastating leaks on mass surveillance in the US and around the world.
Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year sentence, will likely be released in May after US President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.
Rivera, the longest-serving political prisoner in the US from Latin America, has been incarcerated for 35 years.
The White House drew a distinction between the unapologetic Snowden and Manning, whom officials noted has expressed remorse and served several years already for her crime.
Very little that the US has done with respect to debates on its army and borders can be used as justification by supporters of the current crackdown on dissent in India.