From VFP Linus Pauling Chapter: The preceeding post from our friends at Chelsea Manning’s support group in the UK quotes what we understand was Chelsea’s closing statement before sentencing. The folks in the UK believe that Chelsea is sending the same statement to President Obama as a request for pardon.
Please see this page at our site for more information from VFP board member, Gerry Condon, about Chelsea Manning and a link to the White House petition calling for her pardon. Or go directly to the petition here: http://wh.gov/lgG58
Below is the full text of the letter Chelsea Manning will send to President Obama requesting that she be granted a presidential pardon.
Letter to Obama
The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.
I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time…
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