giovedì 19 gennaio 2017

Anche da Gorizia è partita la richiesta: libertà per Chelsea Manning

di Marilisa Bombi

A maggio Chelsea Manning sarà liberata. L’annuncio arriva direttamente dal Presidente Obama. Riceviamo e quindi, con piacere, pubblichiamo la lettera ricevuta oggi e, nel nostro piccolo, siamo orgogliosi per aver contribuito alla sua anticipata liberazione.
Insomma, si parla tanto della potenza “negativa” del web. Ma quando attraverso la Rete si riescono a raggiungere questi risultati, significa che la connessione può portare anche a risultati incredibilmente positivi.
Grazie quindi, a tutti coloro i quali hanno accolto il mio appello ed hanno firmato la petizione a favore della liberazione di Chelsea.
Questo il testo del messaggio ricevuto:
"A response to your petition on Chelsea Manning:
Thank you for signing this We the People petition. On January 17, 2017, the President commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning. You can watch or read President Obama's comments on that commutation here: 
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "Well, first of all, let’s be clear, Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence. So the notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital, classified information would think that it goes unpunished I don't think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served. 
"It has been my view that given she went to trial, that due process was carried out, that she took responsibility for her crime, that the sentence that she received was very disproportional -- disproportionate relative to what other leakers had received, and that she had served a significant amount of time, that it made it sense to commute -- and not pardon -- her sentence.
"And I feel very comfortable that justice has been served and that a message has still been sent that when it comes to our national security, that wherever possible, we need folks who may have legitimate concerns about the actions of government or their superiors or the agencies in which they work -- that they try to work through the established channels and avail themselves of the whistleblower protections that had been put in place. 
"I recognize that there’s some folks who think they're not enough, and I think all of us, when we're working in big institutions, may find ourselves at times at odds with policies that are set. But when it comes to national security, we're often dealing with people in the field whose lives may be put at risk, or the safety and security and the ability of our military or our intelligence teams or embassies to function effectively. And that has to be kept in mind."
 The We the People Team

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