President Obama has commuted the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning,
the army private who leaked a massive trove of military secrets to WikiLeaks.
Her prison sentence has been shortened to expire on May 17, 2017, according
to a statement from the White House. This commutation was issued along with
208 others. Obama also pardoned 64 individuals, including retired Gen. James
Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who
pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to federal
authorities. Manning, a transgender woman formerly known as Bradley, has
requested clemency from Obama and said her life was at risk in an all-male
prison, as we reported . She has admitted to "releasing more than 700,000
documents, including battlefield reports and U.S. embassy cables." Her
lawyers at the ACLU expressed relief after the decision, saying that Manning
has already served more time behind bars than any other whistleblower in U.S.
history, and under difficult