KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)— Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier convicted of giving classified government materials to WikiLeaks, was released from a Kansas military prison today after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

Barack Obama granted Manning clemency in his final days in office in January. The release will be from Fort Leavenworth.  Manning’s lawyers and the Army have refused to say when and how the release will take place due to potential security concerns.

Manning was convicted in 2013 of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud. The jury chose for acquittal on the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

The Crescent, Oklahoma, native tweeted after being granted clemency of planning to move to Maryland.

Manning, a former intelligence analyst in Iraq, has acknowledged leaking the materials, which included battlefield video. Manning expressed wanting to expose what was considered to be the U.S. military’s disregard of the effects of war on civilians and that released information without considering that it might harm the U.S.

SNN.BZ published this article a month ago when Julian Assange stated that he would turn himself in if Barack Hussein Obama commuted Bradley Manning’s 35 year sentence.  Today we merely updated the article.

Julian Assange offered to turn himself in but he wanted Bradley Manning pardoned by Barack Hussein Obama. The idea may sound noble but was a totally empty gesture since everyone knows Julian’s not about to sacrifice himself for Manning.

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through the years…

And 2016 in particular, was a horrible year for Assange’s lawyer, John Jones whom reportedly threw himself under a train.

The “brilliant” barrister who represented Julian Assange ended his life by leaping under a train after he was allowed to leave a private mental health hospital to go for a walk at 5am on April 18, 2016.

John Jones died after he jumped in front of a train at West Hampstead Thames link station in April

John Jones QC, a 48-year-old married father of two who worked at renowned legal chambers Doughty Street, was being treated for severe depression and had recently had his medication changed when he died at West Hampstead Thames link station on April 18 this year.

An inquest at St Pancras Coroner’s Court heard that the lawyer – who worked on high profile war crimes cases at The Hague – suffered from “obsessive overthinking” which had become prevalent following a stressful period in his life.

He lived in Golders Green, and was staying as a voluntary patient at The Nightingale hospital in Marylebone in the weeks leading up to his death.

The day before he died was a Sunday and Mr Jones had been allowed to visit his family.

John Jones inquest (coroner) reports that he did not commit suicide. He was murdered.

His mother, Peggy, met him in a local park, and told the inquest: “I was shocked at how thin he was. He couldn’t stop shaking, and I wondered what effect the medication was having.”

He returned to The Nightingale in the evening, but complained of not being able to sleep at 1.10am, and was given medication.

At 5.10am, he asked to go for a walk.

Nurse Katie McTaggart said she allowed him to leave after completing a risk assessment form because she said he did not seem to be in any danger, and walking helped to calm his mind.

John Jones QC was a patient at the private Nightingale Hospital in Lisson Grove when he died

 

At approximately 7am, the court heard that Mr Jones leapt to his death.

The train driver gave a written statement to say it appeared to be “a deliberate act”.

CCTV footage of the death was not played to the court because coroner Mary Hassell said she thought it would be “too distressing” but that she had watched it, and was satisfied that “nobody else was involved”.

Recording a narrative verdict, Ms Hassell said she could not be certain that Mr Jones intended to kill himself because the balance of his mind was affected.

Bradley Manning is now Chelsea Manning

Ms Hassell said: “John Jones died instantaneously when he jumped in front of a moving train.

“However, the state of his mental health at the time meant that he lacked the necessary intent to categorise this as suicide.”

Mr Jones’ wife, lawyer Misa Zgonec-Rozej, told the inquest: “I feel horrified that he was allowed out so early in the morning, in such a fragile state and without having slept properly for days.

“I genuinely believe that John did not want to die, and that he didn’t know what he was doing (when he jumped).”

Ms Hassell was critical of the fact that Mr Jones was allowed to isolate himself in the hospital and had not been made to engage with the various forms of therapy on offer.

She said she would make a Prevention of Future Deaths report recommending that The Nightingale insists that voluntary patients participate in therapy, as Mr Jones spent most of his time there in his room, alone with his thoughts.

Ms Hassell asked the consultant psychiatrist, Dr Pereira, who treated him, whether he would have had Mr Jones admitted to an NHS hospital if he hadn’t been a private patient.

Dr Pereira said: “It’s a very good question, and I think the answer would be no.”

He said there would be no reason to stop Mr Jones from leaving the hospital whenever he wanted, as he did not meet the threshold for sectioning, and was there on a voluntary basis.

Ms Hassell criticised the “perfunctory” risk assessment form because she said patients could simply tick the boxes with the answers they knew would allow them to leave.

The inquest heard that Mr Jones decided to stop taking Chlonazepam, a benzodopiate, a couple of weeks before he died as the combination of medication he was taking was making him drowsy and unable to concentrate.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, left, leaves Britain’s Royal Courts of Justice after his extradition appeal was heard in central London in 2011. Amal Clooney no longer represents Julian Assange very likely because Hillary Clinton is friends with George Clooney.

Amal Clooney is apparently no longer one of his lawyers. According to WikiLeaks, his team currently
consists of Taylor, an Australian lawyer at the International Criminal Court in The Hague; fellow Australian barristers Julian Burnside, Greg Barns and Jennifer Robinson (who is based in London); Carey Shenkman, who works for Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York; Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzon; Christophe Marchand in Belgium; and Per E Samuelson and Thomas Olsson in Sweden.

He had been receiving treatment for only a few weeks when he died, and was signed off sick from Doughty Street, where he worked alongside leading barristers including Geoffrey Robertson, Amal Clooney and Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer.

Dr Pereira said Mr Jones felt “ashamed” of his problems, and was particularly troubled that he had to stop working on “a high profile case”.

Although not named in court, it was well-documented that he was working on the case of WikiLeaks founder Mr Assange, whose extradition to Sweden Mr Jones was trying to prevent when he became ill.

The court heard that Oxford graduate Mr Jones had some “financial and marital” difficulties, and had found relocating back to London after living in The Hague “stressful”.

Mr Jones’ parents gave statements to say their son first displayed signs of mental disorder as a teenage schoolboy in the US.

Ms Jones said her son enjoyed a happy childhood, spent partly in California when her husband, an academic, was at Stanford University, and that John had an “idealised” image of America.

Although he went on to achieve great things, Mr Jones was expelled from a prestigious boys’ boarding school, Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire, for “several ill-judged, high spirited antics” – a source of regret which troubled him for the rest of his life.

His mother said: “This became the focus of his obsessional thinking, and was a matter he would return to frequently, and during his admission to The Nightingale hospital.”

Mr Jones then attended another boarding school in America – but became “deeply unhappy”, leading to psychiatric intervention and his return to the UK.

Although it was suggested he may have feigned illness to leave the school, Dr Pereira said he believed this was a “hypermanic” episode – consistent with bipolar disorder, which Mr Jones may have suffered from.

Mr Jones attended a private sixth form college in England before winning a place at Oxford – but the court heard that “scars from the American school episode” would resurface from time to time, causing him to “ruminate” on his life choices.

His mother said: “He hoped, I think, that as my field was psychotherapy, I might be able to offer explanations – but I was unable to do so, and these could be dark, dark times for John.”

Ms Jones said her son returned from The Hague in September 2015 in good spirits, but he and his family moved into a home which required renovating and he became “increasingly agitated and stressed” and had trouble sleeping in early 2016.

She said her son talked about suicide “only in the abstract” and told her he would never take his life because of his children.

As a human rights lawyer, Mr Jones had saved others from torture around the world, but told his mother his downward spiral into despair was “horrible pain… the worst possible torture you could devise”.

Ms Jones and her husband, Hugh, had their son admitted to The Nightingale on Dr Pereira’s recommendation.

But she said she was surprised at the atmosphere of the place: “It wasn’t that it was unpleasant…but the informality seemed out of sync with the seriousness of John’s condition.”

She said she was “shocked” at Dr Pereira’s treatment of John, and thought he was trying to “break him” when he made a “dismissive” remark about “grandiosity” and told him he “had treated lots of silks and members of the government”.

But Dr Pereira said he was trying to break down the stigma John felt about having a mental health problem by letting him know that it was common in all walks of life.

Dr Pereira said Mr Jones was worried about “reputational damage” and would avoid walking around Westminster Magistrates’ Court – which is close to The Nightingale – in case he bumped into any of the barristers.

Mr Jones’ wife said they had a “wonderful relationship” although John was someone who “often needed encouragement”.

She described how his difficulty sleeping left him exhausted and worried about his ability to perform at work.

“He started doubting himself and all the decisions he had made in his life. He felt he was useless and had failed.

“Objectively, it was so irrational. He had a loving family who he adored, he was incredibly successful, and we had a positive future ahead of us.”

She was “surprised” when her husband was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a one hour meeting with Dr Pereira because she said: “John could be obsessive, and could ruminate, but he didn’t have highs and lows.”

Barry Pollack, Atty at law

Mr Jones tried to get an adjournment on the Assange case in March as he was unable to work, his mind foggy with medication, but the judge refused, pushing him into “a dark, depressive phase”, according to his wife.

Dr Pereira said: “He was very disappointed at not being able to do the case… He felt his career was beginning to unravel.”

The doctor said that bipolar disorder was notoriously difficult to diagnose correctly, and that Mr Jones may in fact have suffered from a condition known as “obsessive ruminating disorder”.

He said that Mr Jones was reluctant to open up because there were certain things he didn’t want to talk about and was convinced he would be “banished from the world” if he did, and that he felt “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea”.

Mr Jones told Dr Pereira there were certain “trigger” words and films he had seen, any mention of which would set off his negative thought patterns.

SyndicatedNews.NET staffer interviewed Nathan Fuller, otherwise known as “the voice of Bradley Manning”.  Nathan has been in court posting on Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis (he has never missed a date). There are many other journalists that have joined the case in the last month or so but Nathan Fuller has been the only journalist there since the very first pre-trial date and every trial date up to today, when the military judge sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

Ruth DiTucci’s interview with Nathan Fuller | Click audio below:

Nathan tweeted and blogged on Facebook since before the trial began and has never missed a date of the pre-trial hearings or the trial itself. He is often referred to as “Bradley Manning’s Voice”.

Ruth DiTucci’s interview with Norman Solomon | Click audio below:

Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org, just returned from Norway where he met with the Director of Research for the Nobel Peace Prize & hand delivered 100,000+ signatures in favor of awarding Manning the Nobel Peace Prize. Listen to what happened in Norway.

Manning, 25, was convicted last month of multiple charges, including violations of the Espionage Act for copying and disseminating the documents while serving as an intelligence analyst at a forward operating base in Iraq. He faced up to 90 years in prison.
Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg says Bradley Manning did not deserve any prison time. Manning is required to serve one-third of the sentence, minus three and half years of time served, before he is eligible for parole. That will be in eight years when he is 33.

Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, said Manning was dishonorably discharged. He was also reduced in rank and forfeits all pay.

Manning stood at attention, flanked by his attorneys, to hear the verdict with his aunt, Debra Van Alstyne, sitting behind him. He did not appear to react when the sentence was read.

 

As Manning was escorted out of the packed courtroom, more than half a dozen supporters shouted out to him, “We’ll keep fighting for you, Bradley! You’re our hero!”

The decision was immediately condemned by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system,” said Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.

The government had asked the judge to sentence Manning to 60 years. “There is value in deterrence, your honor; this court must send a message to any soldier contemplating stealing classified information,” said Capt. Joe Morrow, a military prosecutor. “National security crimes that undermine the entire system must be taken seriously.”

Defense lawyer David Coombs portrayed Manning as a well-intentioned but isolated soldier with gender identification issues, and he asked Lind to impose “a sentence that allows him to have a life.”

“He cares about human life,” said Coombs as the sentencing phase of the court-martial at Fort Meade ended last week. “His biggest crime was he cared about the loss of life he was seeing and was struggling with it.”

Manning also addressed the court and apologized for his actions, saying he was “sorry that I hurt the United States.”

Manning will receive a credit of 1,293 days for the time he has been confined prior to the sentence, including 112 days of credit for abusive treatment he was subjected to in the brig at the Quantico Marine Base.

Manning transmitted the first documents to WikiLeaks in February 2010, sending what came to be known as the Iraq and Afghanistan “War Logs” — field reports from across both theaters. Manning’s lawyers said he had become disillusioned by what he was seeing in Iraq and hoped that the public release of the secret material would prompt greater public understanding of the wars.

Manning established a relationship online with a person who is thought to be Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. As their personal correspondence deepened, Manning continued to transmit more material, including assessments of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and an enormous cache of diplomatic cables. He also leaked a video that showed a U.S. Apache helicopter in Baghdad opening fire on a group of Iraqis, including two journalists and children, that the helicopter crew believed to be insurgents.

According to his lawyers, Manning became more and more stressed in Iraq, wrestling with his sexuality and the breakup of a relationship. At one point, in April 2010, he sent an e-mail to a superior with the subject line “My Problem” and a photo of himself wearing a blond wig and lipstick.

On May 7, Manning was found on the floor of a supply room with a knife at his feet. After some brief counseling, he was returned to his workstation. Later that same day, he struck a fellow soldier and was removed permanently from the secure environment where he worked.

Following these events, Manning boasted to hacker Adrian Lamo that he had been working with WikiLeaks. After engaging Manning for several days, Lamo informed Army investigators and the FBI about the breach of information and provided them with his chat logs with Manning.

Manning was arrested in Iraq on May 27, 2010.

Legal proceedings against Manning began in December 2011 and, in February of this year, Manning pleaded guilty to 10 lesser included charges. The trial portion of the proceedings began June 3, and on July 30, Lind found Manning guilty of 20 of the 22 charges he faced.


Jeff Cohen, Co-founder of the online group RootsAction.org, which launched the petition for a Nobel Peace Prize for Manning on March 25, said: “If we begin from the original intentions for the Nobel Peace Prize, then an obvious top candidate is Bradley Manning, a young soldier and whistle-blower who risked life in prison to inform Americans and the world about U.S. execution of, and preparation for, seemingly endless war.

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Julian Assange has released the most embarrassing material ever via Wikileaks and it’s all normal routine communication. Assange has been a thorn in Hillary’s side for years.

 

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he would only turn himself in if Obama Pardoned Chelsea Manning ….. harm her presidency if she did, an unclassified report released by the top U.S. …

He left seven documents on his work computer, which police took from Doughty Street, in which there are clues to the workings of his brilliant but troubled mind.

In these documents, Mr Jones said the boarding school which expelled him had been “the perfect storm of high expectations, lack of finance and failing at work” – circumstances which seemed to him to be replicated in the build-up to his death.

He wrote: “Every morning I wake up with the mental pain of the fact that I was expelled from Exeter… the pain has not diminished… I feel that facing up to it may leave me unable to function… I need to be able to know that I suffered an adolescent trauma, that I’m not loopy now. I have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for the past 30 years… It’s a bit like Tom Cruise’s character in (the film) Vanilla Sky.”

Letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch by Syndicated News SNN.BZ on Scribd

Asked if he would do anything differently for Mr Jones with the benefit of hindsight, Dr Pereira said he might insist that he engage with therapy from day one, but said: “Whether that would have resulted in a positive outcome, I’m not sure.”

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