Chelsea Manning to be released in May, Obama grants commutation

President Barack Obama on commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning Tuesday, who was convicted of stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of documents and videos to WikiLeaks in 2010.

As reported by the New York Times, Manning is a transgender woman incarcerated at the men’s military prison. She was sentenced to 35 years, which was the longest punishment ever imposed in the U.S. for a leak conviction. Manning served seven years by the time her commutation was announced.

Manning will be released May 17.

Obama also pardoned James Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, who pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to federal investigators in 2012 when he was questioned about leaking the information on U.S. efforts to pose damage to Iran’s nuclear program to two journalists.

A presidential commutation reduces the sentence being served, but it does not change the conviction.

Obama granted 207 addition commutations and 64 pardons. A pardon forgives the criminal offense.