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Why Snowden should not expect the same treatment as Manning

Why Snowden should not expect the same treatment as Manning

To the editor: Precise terminology can enlighten a reader on both an event and the relevant process. In The Times’ article on former U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, the two distinct methods a president can use to bestow clemency, either by pardon or commutation, are less than clear. (“Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's prison sentence,” Jan. 17)

Manning, who was originally sentenced to 35 years in military imprisonment for leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, received the benefit of commutation, which is a lessening of her punishment. A pardon, on the other...

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