President Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of former Army soldier Chelsea Manning, according to the White House.
Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified information about U.S. national security activities that were later disclosed by WikiLeaks. The 35-year sentence Manning received was the longest ever imposed for a leak conviction. Manning has already served seven years of her sentence and will now be released on May 17, 2017.
She was originally set to be released be released in 2045.
Yup, getting your sentence chopped by 80% for grossly compromising national security while you're serving in the armed forces is just what the doctor ordered.
By any sane reckoning, this is a scandal that exponentially dwarfs the Marc Rich affair. No wonder Obama waited until about 70 hours before he exits the White House.
UPDATE: I was quoted on this commutation in the up-to-the-minute journal, Lifezette, here.