Wilson Statement on Manning Commutation

Jan 17, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after President Obama commuted the sentences for 209 prisoners and pardons 64 inmates:

“I am deeply disappointed that President Obama commuted the majority of Manning’s sentence. Manning was charged and convicted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for espionage. The distribution of classified data put national security at risk.

“The commutation of Manning and former General James Cartwright sends a dangerous message about how the Obama Administration respects classified data and only emboldens those who would seek to do harm by releasing sensitive data. The purpose of classification is to protect the lives of military personnel and diplomats serving overseas.”

Congressman Wilson is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee where he chairs the Readiness Subcommittee.