Obama Shortens The Sentence Of Army Leaker Chelsea Manning
Manning released explosive records through WikiLeaks in 2010 and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. She will now be released on May 17.
President Obama on Tuesday said he would commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning, an Army intelligence analyst arrested in 2010 and sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of military documents.
Manning, who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act by a military court 2013, will be released on May 17, the White House announced.
Manning’s supporters view her as a whistleblower, but the president’s decision is certain to infuriate those who see her as having endangered national security by sharing top secret information with the website WikiLeaks.
Among the records and cables that Manning released through WikiLeaks, one video showed US forces executing an air strike in Iraq that killed two Reuters journalists and at least 16 more civilians.