President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s 35-Year Sentence After Leaking Army Documents, Videos

By  //  January 17, 2017

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President Obama commuted the vast majority of former solider Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence for leaking Army documents, which will end May 17, 2017, the White House announced Tuesday.

Manning, a United States Army soldier, was convicted by court-martial in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses.

After disclosing to WikiLeaks nearly three-quarters of a million classified or unclassified, but sensitive military and diplomatic documents.

Manning was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years imprisonment, with the possibility of parole in the eighth year, and to be dishonorably discharged from the Army.

Manning was charged with 22 offenses, including aiding the enemy, considered the most serious charge and could have resulted in a death sentence.

Manning, a trans woman, who in a statement the day after sentencing, said she had felt female since childhood, wanted to be known as Chelsea.

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In 2009, Manning was assigned to an Army unit in Iraq as an intelligence analyst, where she had access to classified databases. In early 2010, she leaked classified information to WikiLeaks.

The material included videos of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike, and the 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan.

She pleaded guilty in February 2013 to 10 of the charges.

Fox News contributed to this report


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