'You Alone Can Save Her Life': Snowden Urges Obama to Free Chelsea Manning
Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning. You alone can save her life.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 11, 2017
Edward Snowden took to Twitter this morning to urge President Obama to order the release of U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
"Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning. You alone can save her life," the NSA leaker wrote.
According to reports, Obama is considering a commutation of Manning's 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified U.S. Army documents.
Manning, who went by the name Bradley previously, was arrested in 2010 after revealing a trove of Army files and documents to WikiLeaks.
Snowden has lived in exile in Russia since 2013 after leaking top-secret NSA documents detailing the government's massive surveillance programs.
Obama said last year that he would not issue a pardon to Snowden.
Some have argued that Manning's sentence was unusually harsh compared to other whistleblower cases, since it came just months after the Snowden leak.