President Obama Commutes Bulk Of Chelsea Manning’s Remaining Prison Sentence

She will now be released in five months instead of the year 2045.

On Tuesday, President Obama largely commuted the rest of Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence. She will now be released in five months as opposed to 2045.

Chase Strangio, Chelsea Manning’s attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, confirmed the commutation to ABC News.

Strangio happened to be on the phone with reporter Katie Couric when he heard the news:

Manning was convicted in 2013 for leaking more than 700,000 confidential military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks while she was working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

In 2014, the ACLU sued the U.S. Department of Defense on her behalf for barring treatment of her gender dysphoria. Though two separate Army medical specialists had confirmed the dysphoria and deemed it medically necessary for Manning to begin hormone therapy, the Army refused to budge.

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After enduring extensive periods of solitary confinement and relentless abuse from prison officials, Manning attempted to take her own life this past July. She survived, but only to face harsh disciplinary action for her suicide attempt. She tried to commit suicide again in November.

Manning is now scheduled to be released from prison on May 17, 2017.

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