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Trump: Chelsea Manning is an ‘ungrateful traitor’ who should stay in prison

Trump: Chelsea Manning is an ‘ungrateful traitor’ who should stay in prison

Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison for leaking secrets to WikiLeaks.

President Donald Trump has attacked Barack Obama’s decision to commute the bulk of trans whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s sentence.

Manning, who was denied the right to transition while serving her prison sentence, was convicted by court-martial in 2013.

She leaked classified information about US national security activities to Wikileaks and received a 35-year prison sentence – the longest ever imposed for a leak conviction.

During her time in prison, she tried at least twice to commit suicide and was repeatedly held in solitary confinement: once for having Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair issue and once for attempting suicide.

Now Trump has taken to Twitter to call her a traitor and attack Obama for commuting the bulk of her sentence.

‘Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader,’ he tweeted.

‘Terrible!’

As one of his final acts as President of the United States, Obama cut down Manning’s sentence so she will be released on 17 May.

The decision is irreversible.

To keep Manning imprisoned, Trump would need to find new charges against her.

Trump’s comment was in response to a column Manning wrote for the Guardian, titled ‘Compromise does not work with our political opponents. When will we learn?’.

In the piece, the whistleblower calls the Obama presidency ‘a warning against not being bold enough’.

‘Despite his faith in our system and his positive track record on many issues over the last eight years, there have been very few permanent accomplishments,’ she wrote.

‘This vulnerable legacy should remind us that what we really need is a strong and unapologetic progressive to lead us.

‘What we need as well is a relentless grassroots movement to hold that leadership accountable.’

After Trump’s tweet, Wikileaks was quick to react.

‘Trump is wrong,’ they tweeted.

‘Manning was found innocent of “aiding the enemy” & Pentagon admitted under oath no-one harmed.’

They also dug out a tweet from July 2016, in which Trump blasted Obama as well as Hillary Clinton, saying he ‘denounces Manning for agreeing with him’.

In the past, Trump has praised WikiLeaks after they published illegally hacked emails from the Democratic National Convention.