On Obama's Commutation Shortlist: Chelsea Manning

Decision could come as soon as Wednesday: source
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2017 10:00 AM CST
Chelsea Manning in an undated photo.   (U.S. Army via AP, File)

(Newser) – Chelsea Manning might just get her wish. The whistleblower, six years into a 35-year sentence in military prison for leaking classified documents, has made President Obama's "shortlist" for commutation, a Justice Department official tells NBC News. The outlet says a decision could come as soon as Wednesday. "Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning," Edward Snowden tweeted following the report's release; some say Manning, whose sentence NBC notes was 10 times that of any recent whistleblower, was a scapegoat for Snowden. A petition urging Obama to commute Manning's sentence received more than 100,000 signatures last month. (Read more Chelsea Manning stories.)

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