Chelsea Manning Appeals Conviction In WikiLeaks Case

Thursday, May 19th 2016, 1:48 pm
By: News On 6

Imprisoned national security leaker Chelsea Manning is asking a military appeals court to reverse her conviction for sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, or reduce her 35-year sentence to ten years.

Manning's lawyers released the appeal Thursday after a security review. They filed the document Wednesday in the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

It calls Manning's sentence "grossly unfair and unprecedented." The document says Manning meant to reveal the toll of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that her disclosures harmed no one.

Manning is imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The transgender soldier, formerly Bradley Manning of Cresent, Oklahoma was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other offenses for sending WikiLeaks more than 700,000 digital files including battlefield logs, diplomatic cables and video clips.

2/13/2015 Related Story: Army Approves Hormone Therapy For Chelsea Manning

The appeals court Chief Deputy Clerk John Taitt said the document must undergo a review for classified information before it can be publicly released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.