WASHINGTON, D.C. In one of his final acts before leaving office, President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst behind the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history, the White House said. Manning has been a focus of a worldwide debate on government secrecy since she provided more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks – a leak for which she was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison. Manning, formerly known as U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, was born male but revealed after being convicted of espionage that she identifies as a woman. Manning, who is held at the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, military prison, accepted responsibility for leaking the material, and has said she was confronting gender dysphoria at the time of the leaks while deployed in Iraq. Her sentence will now expire on May 17, the White House said. Manning was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2010 when she gave WikiLeaks a trove of diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts that included a 2007 gunsight video of a U.S. Apache helicopter firing at suspected insurgents in Iraq, killing a dozen people including two Reuters news staff. Her attorney had argued her sentence exceeded international legal norms, and she has twice attempted suicide.
WILMINGTON Robin Hayes was elected to a third term as chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party on Saturday, defeating challenger Jim Womack, chairman of the Lee County GOP, 62 percent to 38 percent […]
Cooper says no to repeal bill, comparing transgender bathroom access to Civil Rights battle of the 1960s
RALEIGH As lawmakers prepare to return to Raleigh for Monday night session where a bipartisan bill to repeal H.B. 2 is expected to hear first reading, Governor Roy Cooper put out a press releases […]
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. Transitioning from military to civilian life can be difficult for veterans. Many veterans finish their service with decades of experience under their belt, but still have trouble finding work in their post-military […]