Edward Snowden Thanks All Who Campaigned For Chelsea Manning's Release

Kristine Moore

With the news that Chelsea Manning will be released from prison on May 17, Edward Snowden has thanked everyone who has campaigned for clemency on behalf of Manning and said that those people helped to make her release possible. Edward Snowden also thanked Barack Obama and told Chelsea Manning to "stay strong" for just a little while longer.

Chelsea Manning is the U.S. army soldier who became a whistleblower after alerting the world to what was really happening in Iraq and Afghanistan and was given a 35-year military prison sentence because of the alleged leaking of U.S. state secrets. However, President Obama has agreed to her release as a parting gift as he leaves office, The Guardian reports.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 17, 2017

Chelsea Manning's lawyer, Nancy Hollander, was so overjoyed about the news of Manning's release that she spoke to The Guardian about it before Chelsea was alerted.

"I cannot believe it. In 120 days she will be free and it will all be over. It's incredible."

"The special rapporteur concludes that imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention on someone who has not been found guilty of any crime is a violation of his right to physical and psychological integrity as well as of his presumption of innocence. I conclude that the 11 months under conditions of solitary confinement (regardless of the name given to his regime by the prison authorities) constitutes at a minimum cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in violation of article 16 of the convention against torture. If the effects in regards to pain and suffering inflicted on Manning were more severe, they could constitute torture."

Chelsea Manning's release comes at a very welcome time as she has been facing extremely difficult times with her morale, having tried to commit suicide last year. After her suicide attempt, she was put into solitary confinement again as punishment. Under Barack Obama, Chelsea Manning was given a longer custodial sentence as a whistleblower than any other living in modern times.

Are you happy Barack Obama has finally pardoned Chelsea Manning and were you surprised when you heard the news?

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