Chelsea Manning on short list for reducued sentence

Chelsea Manning

Barack Obama 'puts Chelsea Manning on commutation short list' to have sentence reduced

Former US Army intelligence analyst believes it is her last chance 'for a very long time'

Barack Obama has reportedly put Chelsea Manning on a 'short list' to have her 35-year prison sentence reduced.

The former US Army intelligence analyst was jailed in 2010 after handing 700,000 military files, diplomatic cables and videos to WikiLeaks.

But a decision on a possible commutation could be imminent, according to NBC News.

Deborah Manning, Manning’s aunt, told the news channel she had “more hope right now” than at any other time since her sentence.

"I do think it's the last hope for a while," she added.

Manning has tried to kill herself twice in the past year, and went on hunger strike in September in a bid to receive gender reassignment surgery.

With just nine days to go of Mr Obama’s presidency, Manning believes a petition she made to the President in November is her last chance “for a very long time”.

It is widely thought President-elect Donald Trump will not look favourably on the 29-year-old and will let her life sentence run its course. 

The Independent: 12 January 2017

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