PRESS RELEASE: Statement from Chelsea Manning’s Welsh-Irish Family


18 January 2017

The Welsh-Irish family of imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning has issued the following statement in response to the announcement that President Obama has commuted Manning’s sentence.

We are all overjoyed that Chelsea will soon be free.

Chelsea exposed wrongdoing and was punished for being a whistleblower. We regret that it has taken so long for President Obama to commute the sentence and are outraged that Chelsea has been forced to endure such abusive treatment in prison. We agree with the UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez that some of this abuse amounted to torture.

We sincerely hope that Chelsea will now be able to get on with the rest of her life and that she finds happiness and fulfilment in whatever she chooses to do. There will always be a welcome for her here in Wales.

We will not be giving any interviews to the media and ask to be left in peace and for our privacy to be respected.

Truthfest group

Chelsea Manning’s Welsh mother, aunts and uncles pictured here with Irish supporters during the 1st Manning Truthfest, January 2014.

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