From the New York Times:
President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.
The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to commit suicide last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the male military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.
Now, under the terms of Mr. 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 commutation also relieved the Department of Defense of the difficult responsibility of her incarceration as she pushes for treatment for her gender dysphoria — including sex reassignment surgery — that the military has no experience providing.
Chelsea Manning has served about 7 years of a 35-year sentence. She’ll be released in May https://t.co/N1lzTUSB3v https://t.co/WkzSUKj3ka
— CNN (@CNN) January 17, 2017
In that there have only been a handful of leak cases, most receiving a one to three year sentence, the original 35 year sentence was considered severe in light of Manning pleading guilty.
Of great interest now: Wikileaks recently tweeted that should Obama grant Manning clemency Julian Assange would agree to US extradition:
If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case https://t.co/MZU30SlfGK
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 12, 2017
From that other “big leaker:”
(tipped by Aaron Baldwin)