WikiLeaks Informer Manning Seeks Pardon From Obama

WASHINGTON -- Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, convicted of providing classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, has submitted his formal request for pardon to President Barack Obama, according to his lawyer on Tuesday.

The lawyer, David Coombs, said his office had filed the request "today," according to a message on the social network Twitter.

Coombs added a link to the White House's online petition website, in which 22,000 people have signed a document supporting Manning's pardon.

Manning, who since his conviction in August declared he wants to spend the rest of his life as a woman, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for passing hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic and military documents to WikiLeaks.

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