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Manning formally asks to be pardoned

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 7:06 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The soldier convicted of providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified materials in the nation's history has asked for a presidential pardon, supporters said on Wednesday.

The request for Bradley Manning, who now wants to be known as Chelsea Manning, was filed by attorney David Coombs on Tuesday, according to a statement on the Pardon Private Manning website.

“I urge you to consider this matter closely and to take a positive step towards protecting whistle-blowers who release information to the media for the public good by either reducing Private Manning's sentence to time served, or by granting him a full pardon,” Coombs said in a letter to President Obama via the Justice Department and to Army Secretary John McHugh.

The application includes a supporting letter from Amnesty International.

Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, said there was very little chance the Obama administration would grant a pardon, especially with its “full-bore approach” to prosecuting Manning.

“It would make them look quite schizoid if at this point a pardon was granted,” she said.

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