Chelsea Manning asks Obama for reduced sentence - report

2016-11-14 12:19
Chelsea Manning, the US soldier serving a 35-year prison sentence. (US Army, AFP)

Chelsea Manning, the US soldier serving a 35-year prison sentence. (US Army, AFP)

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New York - Imprisoned transgender soldier Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years behind bars for leaking classified US documents, has asked US President Barack Obama to reduce her sentence before she leaves office, reports said.

Originally called Bradley, Manning was convicted in August 2013 of espionage and other offences after admitting to handing classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Manning, who has already spent half a dozen years in prison, said she is not asking for a pardon and understands that the conviction will stay on her record, according to a statement accompanying the petition, which was published by the New York Times on Sunday.

"The sole relief I am asking for is to be released from military prison after serving six years of confinement as a person who did not intend to harm the interests of the United States or harm any service members," she said.

READ: Chelsea Manning makes second suicide attempt in US prison

Manning, whose suicide attempt in October was her second while in prison, spoke of the hardships she has undergone while serving in the military as a person coming to terms with her gender identity.

The 28-year-old private has repeatedly decried her treatment in the men's military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where she is appealing her sentence.

While hailed by supporters as a hero for exposing what they see as US abuses in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Manning has been denounced by prosecutors as a traitor who put country and comrades at risk.

Manning's petition included letters of support from Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War in 1971 as well as journalist Glenn Greenwald and former military commissions chief prosecutor Morris Davis.

Obama has just over than two months left in office before newly elected Donald Trump becomes US president.

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