Chelsea Manning

Obama defends decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence: 'Justice has been served'

Obama defends decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence: 'Justice has been served'

From the moment a military judge handed down a 35-year prison term for Chelsea Manning in 2013, President Barack Obama and some administration officials saw the sentence as excessive. "Nuts," said one person close to Obama.

They said Manning, an Army private charged with disclosing troves of secret files to WikiLeaks, should be punished for her crime. But while Obama, a former law professor, was known for his tough stance on government leakers, he also had advocated for changing America's often harsh, inconsistent sentencing practices.

Long before Manning's attorneys submitted a second clemency request in November, Obama had considered the notion of...

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