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Activists are calling for president Obama to pardon Chelsea Manning before the President-elect Donald Trump comes to power. They worry Trump's administration will further mistreat Manning and make conditions even worse for her. Others say Manning belongs in prison for exposing U.S. secrets and putting people in danger. What do you think? 

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Activists say Chelsea has been treated unfairly compared to other whistleblowers. In their eyes, Manning's actions were entirely in the public interest and did not put anyone in danger. She should be pardoned now before a more hostile administration comes in and makes things even worse for her.

Chelsea has twice attempted to end her own life as a direct result of the inhumane conditions of her imprisonment and in particular the extreme distress she has experienced due to the denial of proper health care. After her first suicide attempt, she was cruelly punished with solitary confinement, which only deepened her despair.Chelsea has already been incarcerated for longer than any other whistleblower in United States history, despite the fact that intelligence officials agree that her actions – which were clearly intended to be in the public interest – never put anyone in danger. She has suffered more than enough.
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John Yoo, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General who wrote the Torture Memos, argues Chelsea Manning committed a grave crime against the United States and must be punished to the fullest extent. 

Bradley Manning caused one of the most harmful leaks in American history. He released into the public eye the identities of foreigners helping the U.S. in war zones, the means and methods of U.S. military operations, and our sensitive diplomatic communications with other nations. Lives — American and foreign — no doubt were lost because of the leaks. If anyone can think of a more harmful blow to U.S. intelligence in our history, let’s hear it. 
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Manning should have received far more than 35 years in the brig. He should have been eligible for the death penalty, but for the military judge’s mistaken reading of the crime of aiding the enemy. He should have been sentenced to close to the 90 years that were still possible.
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If not for retribution, for deterrence (there should be no possibility of rehabilitation offered for such grevious national-security harms). It has proven harder, or so it seems, for our agencies to screen U.S. officers and employees for security risks, and to prevent the criminal, hostile or anarchist, from stealing our secrets beforehand. So the only other measure available, if our agencies cannot stop them beforehand, is to punish them severely afterwards.
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Should Obama pardon Chelsea Manning?
#PardonChelseaNow
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#ChelseaDeservesJail