Jake Tapper: Manning Commutation ‘Contradicts the Last Eight Years’ of White House on Leakers

CNN’s Jake Tapper reacted to President Obama‘s commutation of Chelsea Manning‘s sentence by pointing out how the White House has felt about Manning, WikiLeaks, and leakers in general in the past eight years.

Bill Kristol called this “great news for Donald Trump” to start off, because it shifts focus away from him versus the intel community.

Tapper pointed out that Obama has used the Espionage Act to go after leakers a great deal more so than presidents past, and now for him to commute the sentence of “one of the most notorious leakers… certainly contradicts the last eight years of policy in terms of leaking.”

He recalled that when the WikiLeaks dump happened a few years ago, the Obama administration was “so outraged” and angry and they were worried about U.S. personnel being endangered as a result.

Watch above, via CNN.

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