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Available Expert - Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Queen's University surveillance expert David Murakami Wood is available to comment on the commutation of Chelsea Manning's 35-year prison sentence by President Barack Obama. Manning pled guilty to 10 charges and was convicted of 17 others - including violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property - as a result of having leaked nearly 700,000 diplomatic cables and US Army reports on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"This decision by Obama has likely saved not only Chelsea Manning's life, but also what it was that Manning was risking her life for - the revelation of the behind-the-scenes workings of the international system, and fair, transparent and accountable government," says Dr. Murakami Wood. "Ironically, her own conviction and imprisonment has only exemplified what she decided to fight against. She has been subject to opaque decisions, arbitrary treatment, a lack of recognition of her human rights, even torture."

Dr. Murakami Wood is an associate professor in the Queen's University Department of Sociology and the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies. He has spoken in the media on a wide range of topics relating to surveillance - with a particular focus on surveillance technology.

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