Sentence of Chelsea Manning commuted by Pres. Obama

- President Barack Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning, who leaked Army documents and is serving 35 years.

Manning was born Bradley Manning is a former Army soldier convicted by court-martial in 2013 of violating the espionage act by disclosing nearly 270,000 classified or unclassified documents to WikiLeaks.

In August 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

Manning will be released from prison on May 17, 2017.

In a statement the day after sentencing, Manning announced she had felt female since childhood and wanted to be known as Chelsea. Manning also asked to begin hormone replacement therapy while in prison.

Manning was one of 273 individuals who were paroled by President Obama on Tuesday, one of his last acts as President. In total, he has commuted the sentence of 1,385 individuals, the most of any President.

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