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President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning (Bradley Manning) and he pardoned James Cartwright. Manning who served in the U.S. military was convicted in July 2013 of violation of the Espionage Act after stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of documents and to WikiLeaks.
Cartwright served as the vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff who pleaded guilty in October for giving false statements to federal investigators in 2012. He reportedly leaked top-secret information on the U.S. efforts to cripple Iran’s nuclear program to two journalists.
In the final days of his eight-years of presidency president Obama plans to grant the significant number of commutations, as the Washington Post reported on January 16. During the last news briefing Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary explained that it is fair to say that will continue.
“As the process largely lives the Department of Justice, they have been very focused on this important work, they have been working very closely with the president’s attorney here at the White House and yes, it is fair to say that will continue,“ Earnest responded to the question of the White House correspondents.
In the article of January 16, Obama to commute hundreds of federal drug sentences in final grants of clemency, the Washington Post says, “as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, Justice officials worry that his administration will dismantle Obama’s clemency initiative,” which resulted in the early ending of 1, 176 drug offenders, jailed under the nation’s “war on drugs.”
Meaning was sentenced on 35 years, but her sentence will end on May 17, 2017.