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President Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence

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Chelsea Manning had been sentenced to 35 years for leaking military secrets to WikiLeaks. Civil liberties groups have praised President Obama's decision to commute the sentence, but some Republican leaders are outraged. /AP

President Obama has commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of leaking a trove of military information to WikiLeaks in 2010.

Manning, who came out as transgender in 2013, has served seven of her 35-year sentence. She will be freed in May, instead of 2045.

Guests: 

Charles "Cully" Stimson, Manager of the National Security Law Program and Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation

Sarah St.Vincent, a researcher and advocate on national security, surveillance, and domestic law enforcement for the US Program at Human Rights Watch, a nonprofit organization

 

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