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>> President Obama Tuesday, commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former military intelligence analyst behind the biggest breach of classified materials in US history. Reuters Dustin Volz.>> She was a private in the US military, who was accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and other sensitive material to WikiLeaks.
And was sentenced to 35 years for those leaks, that sentence was considered to be, at the time, had no historic parallel, that it was a sentence far greater than what we'd seen before for leaks.>> Manning, formally known as US private first class Bradley Manning revealed, after being convicted of espionage, that she identifies as a woman.
Her leak has been a focus of world wide debate on government secrecy, and propelled the group Wikileaks to fame.>> Manning's supporters have long said that she acted as a whistle blower. That she leaked documents that revealed abuses by the US Government that show that the civilian death toll in Afghanistan had been under reported.
Also revealed video tapes showing the US military accidentally killing two Reuters journalists. So Manning's leaks, the government alongside created harm to people in countries abroad, that it created diplomatic and security threats. However, her leaks also we're sort of said to be necessary, to be important, to be helpful to the debate about war.
>> WikiLeaks claiming victory on Twitter. Founder Julian Assange thanking his supporters for making it happen. Manning sentence commutation part of a larger move by the president. A White House statement touting this administration's records saying Obama has granted more than a total number of commutations issued by the past 12 presidents combined.
Manning gets out of jail May 2017, instead of 2045.