Obama grants clemency to Chelsea Manning

President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents. The White House says Manning

President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents.

President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents. (1/18/17)

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents.

The White House says Manning is one of over 200 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening. The White House says there will be more commutations before Obama leaves office.

Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Her sentence is now set to expire May 17. She was known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest and attempted suicide twice last year.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling President Barack Obama's decision to commute Manning’s sentence "just outrageous." Ryan says the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents "put American lives at risk and exposed some of our nation's most sensitive secrets."

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Obama may have saved Manning's life by granting the former Army intelligence analyst clemency. In a tweet soon after the announcement, Assange thanked "everyone who campaigned for Chelsea Manning's clemency. Your courage & determination made the impossible possible."

Obama is also pardoning 64 people, including retired Gen. James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information.

Most of the other people receiving commutations were serving sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

AP wires were used in this report

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