Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after orchestrating the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history.
In the application Manning writes that the decisions she made “made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in,” before comparing the actions of the U.S. government in the days after the 9/11 attacks to McCarthyism and Japanese-American internment camps.
Manning concludes that if her request for a pardon fails, she will serve her “time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in free society.”
The application is embedded below:
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