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Obama went out of his way to say that he went to “commute, not pardon” Chelsea Manning for leaking classified information and communications and that it wasn’t a bad precedent. He also said it wasn’t contradictory that he commuted the sentence of a known intelligence leaker and still blasted Russia for allegedly ‘hacking’ the U.S. presidential election. From ABC News’ summary:

“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,” Obama said today, “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.”

“Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence,” Obama said. “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.”

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