Petition to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence receives 100K signatures

A petition asking President Obama to commute the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning has reached the threshold to receive a response from the White House. 


The petition hosted on the White House's "We the People" site had 106,000 signatures as of Sunday afternoon. The site promises an "official update from the White House within 60 days" for any petition that receives more than 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

"We did it! Thank you so much for your love and support," said a post from Manning's Twitter account celebrating the signatures.  

The former Army analyst was sentenced to 35 years in prison after leaking thousands of classified documents related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to WikiLeaks.

Manning, who is transgender, asked Obama for clemency in November citing harsh treatment in jail, which she said led to suicide attempts. 

Manning's lawyers argued she has already served the longest sentence of "any other whistleblower in American history" and that Obama should be influenced by the harsh conditions she has been subjected to while in prison.

The American Civil Liberties Union and LGBT rights groups have backed Manning's request.

"The sole relief that Ms. Manning is seeking is to be released from military prison after serving over six years of confinement — longer than any whistleblower in the history of our country," representatives from the ACLU and more than a dozen other groups wrote in a letter to Obama on Monday. 

"If approved, Ms. Manning will have a first chance to live a real, meaningful life as the person she was born to be."