Obama’s About-Face on Leaks and Whistleblowers


President Obama, on his way out the door of the White House, has made an abrupt departure from his usual routine regarding whistleblowers and leaks.

In Obama’s sunset, the 44th president has decided to toss away his previous convictions regarding whistleblowers.

As has become presidential tradition, the last few weeks of a Commander in Chief’s term are full of leniency in the form of pardons and commutations.  President Obama is no exception, but those whom he has chosen for exoneration are a surprising bunch.

“With barely 72 hours left in office, President Barack Obama Tuesday did an abrupt U-turn on his years-long assault on government leaks and showed leniency toward two military figures who’d helped make public highly sensitive secrets.

“Both Democrats and Republicans said they were bewildered – even angered – by Obama’s commutation of the 35-year prison term of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence specialist who…

Andrew West

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