Obama Grants Clemency To The Largest Group Ever
This latest batch pushes Obama's grand total of commuted sentences to 1,176 — that's more sentences than the past 11 presidents combined.LEARN MORE
Obama's act of clemency means Manning will be out of prison in a few months, rather than in 2045.
WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning has had her 35-year prison sentence commuted by President Obama.
Manning, who identifies as female, has spent nearly seven years in an all-male military prison at Ft. Leavenworth.
Manning has struggled to access treatment for her gender dysphoria in prison and attempted suicide twice. Advocates say her sentence is unfairly harsh.
The commutation was among 273 acts of clemency Obama announced on one of his last days in office. The president granted clemency to nearly 1,600 people during his terms. Most of them were nonviolent drug offenders.
Earlier in January, WikiLeaks tweeted that its leader, Julian Assange, would submit to U.S. extradition if Manning were freed. There are no formal charges filed against Assange, but he is wanted for questioning in a Swedish rape case.
Manning's new release date is May 17.
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