It’s all fun and games until someone gets killed. That’s what Army Specialist Chelsea Manning still may not have realized even now, as the one-time intelligence analyst was released from federal prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas after serving 7 years of a 35-year sentence. Manning was jailed for leaking hundreds of thousands of sensitive and classified documents, including information on informants in Afghanistan that were aiding U.S. defense forces stationed there.
The real question one has to ask is why former President Obama felt it was wise to release this man-turned-woman after more than one Senator has claimed that her leaks put the lives of American ally forces at risk. It’s one type of crime to reveal information about weaponry or capabilities to the public, but when people’s names, locations or other personal data are compromised, real lives can be put in danger.
Recently, it was revealed that CIA leaks caused China to kill or imprison 18 intelligence agents serving the U.S. over a seven-year period, leading to a dearth of new information about the Communist country. Past betrayals by CIA and FBI turncoats Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen cost the U.S. the lives of a dozen informants and/or agents in the former Soviet Union.
Are these the things President Obama considered when he signed the order for Manning’s release? Watch as Manning appears completely unrepentant in her new selfies posted to the Internet in this expository clip.