I've been struggling around Tesco's today, doing the shopping on a bad and painful day.
And yet, I'm very lucky I'm still free to be able to do it.
Unlike Chelsea Manning who, until yesterday, was facing a sentence of 45 years in jail.
Manning released State Department cables and other information to Wikileaks, while she was serving in the U.S. Armed forces. Unlike certain Generals who got sentences of Probation for similar offences, Manning released very little 'Top Secret' information but got the most severe sentence possible.
I was very grateful to her in 2012 and 2013 as the cables enabled me to write a number of articles, mainly on the subject of right wing British Labour party and Trades Union leaders who said one thing in public to their members and constituents and something quite different in their private briefings to the Labor Attachés at the American Embassy in London.
All of which was a little bit interesting but not 'secret' enough for such a savage sentence.
So it was a delight yesterday when the news got out that Manning's sentence has been commuted by President Obama and she will be released in May of this year.
(a don't stop till you drop production)
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