'The Real Barack Obama': Ben Stein Slams Decision to Commute Chelsea Manning's Sentence
President Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, a US Army private imprisoned for leaking sensitive information to WikiLeaks, Neil Cavuto reported.
Ben Stein said Obama's commutation of Manning's 35-year sentence is proof that America is now seeing the "real Barack Obama".
"[He is] an extremely left-wing ideologue... [and is] showing himself to be anti-law-and-order and... anti-military," Stein said.
Manning, a transgendered woman formerly known as Bradley Manning, will now be released on May 17th, Cavuto said.
Stein noted that while he has commuted Manning's sentence for leaking information that hurt the military, his party is consistently "screaming berserk about leaks that hurt Democrats."
"This is the real Democratic Party that was, thank goodness, defeated in the election," Stein, an economist and actor, said.
Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson obtained the a readout of the commutation decision:
Chelsea Elizabeth Manning – Oklahoma City, OK
Offense: One specification of wrongful and wanton publication to the internet intelligence belonging to the United States; five specifications of stealing, purloining or knowingly converting U.S. government records; six specifications of willful communication of information relating to the national defense; one specification of willful communication of information in unlawful possession; one specification of willful communication of information relating to the national defense by exceeding authorized access to a U.S. government computer; one specification of willful communication of information relating to the national defense obtained by accessing a U.S. government computer; five specifications of failure to obey order or regulation; U.S. Army Court Martial
Sentence: 35 years’ imprisonment (August 21, 2013)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.