Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence, Among Others

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence, Among Others

She will be freed this year.

She will be freed this year.

Text: William Defebaugh

Today, in his final week in office, President Obama has commuted (reduced) the sentences of 209 individuals. He will now go down in history as having commuted more sentences than any other president in U.S. history. Chief among that list is Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst who was convicted of a large-scale leak of sensitive government, military, and diplomatic information to WikiLeaks in 2010.

A transgender woman who has spent the last seven years in a men's military prison, Manning attempted suicide twice last year, amidst requests to continue treatment for gender dysphoria and confirmation surgery (with which the military has no experience). Obama's decision to commute Manning's 35-year sentence—the longest punishment ever given to an individual in our country's history for a leak—will grant her freedom on May 17 of this year, instead of 2045. You can read more about the history of Chelsea Manning's trial here.

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