Washington DC - President Obama commuted the 35 year sentence of Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley) on Tuesday. Manning will now be released in four months.
Bradley Manning was a U.S. Army intelligence analyst who leaked massive amount of American military and diplomatic secrets to Wikileaks. The massive leak of government secrets led to political turmoil across the world and prompted many people to call for his execution for treason. In 2013, Manning was convicted of violations of the espionage acts and sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The day after being sentenced, Bradley Manning's lawyer announced that he was transgender and changed his name to Chelsea Manning.
Chelsea Manning has continued to be imprisoned in the men's prison at Fort Leavenworth. Manning has had a rough time in prison, and has twice tried to kill herself. In September 2016, Manning went on a five-day hunger strike which ended when the Army agreed to provide Manning with a gender change surgery.
According to New York Times, President Obama commuted Manning's sentence on Tuesday, and also pardoned James E. "Hoss" Cartwright. Cartwright is a retired 4 star general, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and prior commander of U.S. Strategic command.
James Cartwright had been convicted of leaking information to a New York Times reporter about the creation of the Stuxnet virus, used to disrupt Iran's nuclear plans. The former general then lied to investigators about it when they questioned him about the leak. In October 2016, he pleaded guilty to charged of making false statements.
In light of the commutation, it's not clear if the government will still be paying for Manning's surgery.
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