Chelsea Manning’s case had multiple large differences than Edward’s, the main ones being that she stayed and was sentenced in the U.S. and that she was a transgender woman in an all male prison. The Bureau of Judicial Statistics reported that there were over 3,200 transgender people in US prisons nationwide in 2011-12 and that 39.9% reported sexual assault or abuse. Chelsea Manning’s safety was no doubt at high risk in an all male federal prison and might have been a key fact in her suicide attempt. Other than the large issue of safety, there was also the fact that she was actually convicted. Josh Earnest,White House spokesman, commented,“Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing. Mr. Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary and has sought refuge in a country that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy.” Chelsea Manning was a much better choice to be recipient of a pardon than Snowden because she followed the law, which showed her remorse for her actions, and has genuinely struggling during her 35 year sentence.
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