The WikiLeaks informant will be seeing freedom sooner than expected. Obama cut the sentence short so Manning will be out May 17, rather than in 2045. We can’t say we didn’t see this coming. What are your thoughts on this?
President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked information to the website WikiLeaks, the White House announced Tuesday.
Manning, 29, is imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas as part of a 35-year sentence she received in August 2013 after pleading guilty to multiple charges under the Espionage Act. She will now be freed May 17 rather than in 2045, according to a release from the White House.
Manning was among 209 inmates whose sentences were shortened by Obama. The president also pardoned another 64 people facing crimes, including retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who pleaded guilty in October to lying to federal investigators about discussing the Iranian nuclear program with reporters.
“With 209 commutations and 64 pardons, @POTUS just gave 273 Americans a second chance,” stated the White House Twitter account.
Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, didn’t immediately return a call requesting comment.
“After this case, I had to tell Chelsea: ‘I’ve represented murderers. I’ve represented rapists. I’ve represented child molesters. And none of them received 35 years,’ ” Coombs recently told NBC News.
Edward Snowden, who was notably missing from the list and whose own high-profile leak case some say played a role in Manning’s sentencing, recently tweeted on the matter, “Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning. You alone can save her life.”