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President Obama considering commutation for Chelsea Manning

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 11/01/2017 Jessica Schladebeck
Chelsea Manning is nearly 30 more years behind bars if the president opts against granting her clemency. - AP © Provided by New York Daily News Chelsea Manning is nearly 30 more years behind bars if the president opts against granting her clemency. - AP

With little more than a week left in the White House, President Obama is reportedly considering a commutation for former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

A Justice Department source told NBC News that Manning was on the president’s “short list” for commutations.

Manning has already spent more than six years in jail for stealing nearly a million secret documents and then leaking them to Wikileaks. The 29-year-old was sentenced to 35 years behind bars at Fort Leavenworth for releasing the files, including those detailing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as secret diplomatic cables.

The day after the verdict, Manning — then known as Bradley — came out as a transgender woman. She went on a hunger strike earlier this year in a bid to get gender reassignment surgery. She has tried to kill herself twice while behind bars.

Manning and Edward Snowden, an ex-NSA contractor who similarly leaked a slew of files before fleeing to Russia, both requested clemency from Obama in November, something Manning has called her “last hope,” according to the Gaurdian.

Snowden took to Twitter Wednesday and urged the president to help Manning.

“Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning. You alone can save her life," he wrote.

Time is in fact running out for Manning, who believes President-elect Donald Trump would look less than favorably on her case and leave her to serve the remaining decades left on her sentence.

Still though, the Mannings remain cautiously optimistic.

“I have more hope right now than I have the entire time since she was sentenced,” he aunt, Deborah Manning told NBC. “I do think it’s the last hope for a while.”

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