Manning had a job in the military like every other soldier and her job had given her access to secret classified military documents and info that she could take and do almost anything with. In fact, “At the time that the leaks began to emerge, she was working for the military as a ‘middle-man’ of sorts for information. She would make sure that intelligence analysts received the information that they were trying to get a hold of. Manning had access to many upper-level classified materials, and because of her nature of being someone who dealt with lots of classified files everyday, it became difficult for the government to detect a strange pattern.” This is a quote from an unbiased article from Cornell University. It explains that the job that Manning had in the military was most likely the answer for why she had access to classified info because she was exposed to it and worked with it everyday. Again, “Some experts have tried to explain how Manning was able to gain access to the secret cables in their thousands. It has been pointed out that the U.S. military had recently introduced an information-sharing initiative called Net-Centric Diplomacy which allowed insiders to gain access to classified information.” This is a quote from a journalist named, Nagesh Narayana, who works for the IB Times. It points out that the US military has certain documents and programs available for certain soldiers in the military to where they can access classified information whenever they please.
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Commuted: Reduce something often used in the judicial court, for example, reducing a prison sentence.
Conviction: Someone is charged with a criminal offense and is thrown in jail or prison. Basically a statement saying that someone is guilty of a specific crime.
Intelligence Analyst: Someone who works for the government that brings pieces of info together from many credible sources to examine threats and prevent further attacks from interior and exterior opponents and enemies.
Solitary Confinement: A form of prison punishment where an inmate will be isolated from everything in the outside world including, social human contact apart from prison guards, and are locked in a room for 22-24 hours a day that can last for days and sometimes decades.
Pardon: When a president forgives an inmate or criminals’ offense or conviction.
Presidential Commutation: Where a president can shorten an inmate’s prison sentence without changing their initial conviction of their crime that they committed.