Saturday 15 December 2018

Obama commutes sentence of intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning , formerly known as Bradley Manning. Picture: US Army/AP
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President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former US military intelligence analyst who is serving 35 years in prison for passing classified files to WikiLeaks, the White House said.

Manning, formerly known as U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, was born male but revealed after being convicted of espionage that she identifies as a woman.

She accepted responsibility for leaking the material, has said she was confronting gender dysphoria at the time of the leaks while deployed in Iraq.

She was sentenced to 35 years in prison but now, under the terms of Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Ms Manning is set to be freed in five months, on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045.

The White House says Manning is one of 209 inmates who sentences Mr Obama is shortening.

He is also pardoning 64 people, including retired General James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information.

Most of the other people receiving commutations were serving sentences for non-violent drug offences.

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