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Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence

President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was serving a 35-year term for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and military reports to WikiLeaks.

As a result of Obama’s action, Manning will be released in May.

Obama also issued a pardon to Gen. James Cartwright, a former vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, who recently pled guilty to a felony charge of lying in the court of a leak investigation.

Manning’s supporters said her sentence was wildly out of proportion to that received by other leakers in national-security-related cases. They also argued that as a transgender woman she suffered from poor treatment in the military.

Manning was arrested over the alleged leaks in 2010 and has been in custody since. At a court martial in 2013, the Army private was convicted on a slew of serious charges related to the leaks, but acquitted of the most serious charge: aiding the enemy.

Cartwright was scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 31 and faced a maximum of five years in prison on the false statement charge.

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