Manning files bid for Obama pardon: Lawyer
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Lawyers for Chelsea Manning filed a request for a pardon from President Barack Obama on Tuesday following the soldier's 35-year jail sentence for the biggest intelligence leak in United States (US) history.
"Private Manning's pardon request was filed today by our office," attorney David Coombs said on Twitter.
The lawyer had indicated his intention to seek a pardon on Aug 21, when a military judge sentenced Manning to 35 years behind bars for her massive disclosure of intelligence including some 700,000 classified diplomatic and military documents.
Manning, formerly a US Army intelligence analyst, was prosecuted as a man, Bradley Manning, but the day after being sentenced asked to be recognised as a woman.