As if we needed more reasons to love President Obama, today, he commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence!!! From a 35-year sentence for leaking military secrets to Wikileaks the NYT reports that she will be released in five months.
Check out this historic day:
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.