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    2 critical things 1) he commuted the sentence, it’s not a pardon 2) this statement: “Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing,” he said. “Mr. Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary, and has sought refuge in a country that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy.”

    basically this doesn’t condone manning’s actions, but does say that the time served is sufficient punishment.