Tuesday January 17, 2017

Chelsea Manning friend 'totally elated' after Obama commutes sentence

Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks (U.S. Army via Associated Press)

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In one of his final acts as U.S. President, Barack Obama has decided to set Chelsea Manning free.

Late Tuesday afternoon, news broke that the army intelligence analyst who was convicted of leaking a huge trove of documents in 2010 will have her prison sentence commuted — and be released in May.

Manning has served almost seven years of her sentence and was due to be released in 2045.

As It Happens guest host Helen Mann spoke with Evan Greer, a free speech activist and friend of Chelsea Manning.