I didn’t think President Obama was going to do this, especially considering the role Wikileaks had in leaking documents from the DNC and John Podesta’s emails that were given to them by the Russians who wanted to play games with our President Election.
But he did and Bradley/Chelsea Manning will be free as a bird a lot faster than 2045:
President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.
The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to commit suicide last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the male military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.
Now, under the terms of Mr. Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Ms. Manning is set to be freed in five months, on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045.
But not surprising. It appears Barack Obama is happily extending the bird to people on his way out the door.