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1/18/2017

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of transgender soldier Chelsea

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of transgender soldier Chelsea

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of transgender soldier Chelsea Manning for leaking 700,000 sensitive military and diplomatic classified documents to WikiLeaks. As a former Army intelligence officer, she was arrested in 2010 and received a 35-year sentence, the longest ever imposed for a leak conviction in the US. According to a statement from the White House, Manning will be freed in May this year instead of her scheduled 2045 release. In one of his final acts as president, Obama pardoned a total of 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209 others, including Manning. With a total of 1,385 commutation grants, including 504 life sentences, Obama has now granted more commutations than any president in US history.

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