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Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning, who gave Army documents to WikiLeaks

Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning, who gave Army documents to WikiLeaks

President Barack Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, allowing the transgender Army intelligence officer convicted of leaking more than 700,000 U.S. documents to go free nearly three decades early.

Embracing his clemency powers days before leaving office, Obama also pardoned 64 individuals including retired Gen. James Cartwright, charged with making false statements during another leak probe. Manning was one of 209 inmates with sentences commuted by Obama, who has now granted more commutations than any other president in history.

Neil Eggleston, Obama's White House counsel, said the individuals would learn "that our nation is a forgiving nation, where...

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