Obama cuts short jail term of WikiLeaks case analyst Chelsea Manning

Obama cuts short jail term of WikiLeaks case analyst Chelsea Manning

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President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents.

The White House says Manning is one of 209 inmates whose sentences Mr Obama is shortening.

Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Her sentence is now set to expire on May 17.

She was known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest and attempted suicide twice last year.

Mr Obama is also pardoning 64 people, including retired General James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information.

Most of the other people receiving commutations were serving sentences for non-violent drug offenses.

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