Saagar Enjeti, DCNF
President Barack Obama will commute the majority of Chelsea Manning’s sentence, The New York Times reports.
Manning will be released May 17, 2017 instead of her scheduled release in 2045. Manning was convicted and sentenced in 2013 for releasing hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables to Wikileaks. The cables caused an international diplomatic embarrassment of the U.S.
“Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, defending the pardon of Manning to TheNYT. “Mr. Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary, and has sought refuge in a country that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy.”
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