the espionage act
Obama Shortens The Sentence Of Army Leaker Chelsea Manning
Manning released explosive records through WikiLeaks in 2010 and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. She will now be released on May 17.
By Dominic Holden

President Obama on Tuesday said he would commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning, an Army intelligence analyst arrested in 2010 and sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of military documents.

Manning, who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act by a military court 2013, will be released on May 17, the White House announced.

Manning’s supporters view her as a whistleblower, but the president’s decision is certain to infuriate those who see her as having endangered national security by sharing top secret information with the website WikiLeaks.

Among the records and cables that Manning released through WikiLeaks, one video showed US forces executing an air strike in Iraq that killed two Reuters journalists and at least 16 more civilians.

After the Palmer Raids in 1919, over 800 foreign citizens were deported, leaving their families destitute and alone.

This letter was written by some of their wives who pled to be deported along with their husbands in order to keep their families intact: “The action of your Department imposes upon it the full responsibility for the misery inflicted upon us and our children, for the starvation to which so many have already been driven, for the aching hearts of mothers and babes driven from their beloved husbands and fathers—and supporters.”

Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer used undercover informants and warrantless wiretaps authorized by the Espionage and Sedition Acts to identify thousands of suspected anti-Government radicals. His special assistant, J. Edgar Hoover, coordinated raids in over 30 American cities on the night of November 7, 1919. 

The Union of Russian Workers, a group that sought to band workers together to fight against capitalism, was a primary target of the Palmer Raids. The attack on their headquarters in New York City was described by a reporter as “one of the most brutal raids ever witnessed in the city.” Men, women, and children were beaten and bloodied by police. Hundreds were taken into custody and eventually deported.

We’ll be sharing more stories about immigrants from our holdings this week in honor of our upcoming National Conversation, “Immigration: Barriers and Access” held in Los Angeles at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, November 19. You can register to attend or watch the livestream here:

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Chelsea Manning just made LGBT and U.S. military history 

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.”

That was the statement Pfc. Chelsea Manning put out after her sentencing 2013. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for violating the Espionage Act.

Yesterday it was revealed that she’ll make history once again

Who Is Jeffrey Sterling?

Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is a former employee of the CIA who was recently convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 for revealing to journalist James Risen some details on Operation Merlin, a United States covert operation under the Clinton Administration to provide Iran with a flawed design for a component of a nuclear weapon ostensibly in order to frame Iran.
For telling the truth about this covert plot to plant false evidence of Iran having nuclear weapons, Sterling is facing up to 100 years in prison and a fine of $2.25 million dollars.

Today in labor history, May 18, 1928: William “Big Bill” Haywood – founding member of the Industrial Worker of the World, member of the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of America, secretary of the Western Federation of Miners, and an advocate of industrial unionism – dies in the Soviet Union where he had fled after having been found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison under the Espionage Act of 1917.