On 3 September, David Coombs filed a formal application for presidential pardon on behalf of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning. You can read Coombs’s letter to Barack Obama here. Manning’s petition for commutation of sentence has also been made public here. Amnesty International have also written in support of Manning’s application.
At the time of writing, Manning, sentenced to 35 years on 21 August, has already spent 1205 days in detention. This includes almost a year in conditions characterized by the UN Special Rapporteur on torture as cruel and inhumane. As the Private Manning Support Network write “[t]here is stunning contrast between the severe sentence Pvt. Manning received and the leniency enjoyed by the types of criminals she exposed. Numerous officials who enabled torture and other war crimes have never faced investigation, and low-ranking soldiers have received only light sentences upon conviction.” Although Manning’s pretrial detention will be counted toward her sentence, meaning that she may be eligible for parole in eight years’ time, this is too long to be held for an act of conscience which — as was admitted during her trial — did no material damage to the United States or its allies. If you reside in the USA, you can sign Amnesty International’s petition to the White House appealing for clemency in the case. You can also write letters of support to Manning at this address (though be sure to address envelopes to Bradley Manning). You can upload your own photos here.