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H8NRGF People hold signs calling for the release of imprisoned wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning while marching in a gay pride parade in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo

President Obama Commutes Sentence for Chelsea Manning

On Tuesday, President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst responsible for one of the largest leaks of military and diplomatic secrets. Chelsea provided the documents to WikiLeaks 2010.

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Chelsea Manning, APThe 29-year-old Chelsea Manning, who was born Bradley Manning, will be freed on May 17th. Chelsea was originally sentenced to 35 years of confinement, which is the longest punishment imposed in the United States for a leaked conviction.


Chelsea twice tried to commit suicide while incarcerated at the all-male Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The commutation relieves the Department of Defense of sex reassignment surgery – a procedure the Department of Defense has no experience administering. The commutation was issued along with 208 others. Notably absent from the list was former NSA analyst, Edward Snowden.

J. David Thompson, Lima Charlie News

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