11:27, May 17 331 0 abajournal.com

2017-05-17 11:27:04
Chelsea Manning leaves prison after sentence in leaks case is commuted

The U.S. soldier sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information was released Wednesday as a result of a commutation granted by former President Barack Obama.

Chelsea Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas after serving seven years, report the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Reuters.

Manning, an 29-year-old Army intelligence analyst, leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The military documents included revelations about abuses of detainees by Iraqi military officers working with the United States, and the likely underassessment of civilian casualties in the Iraq war. Military prosecutors had argued that Manning’s leaks severely damaged U.S. intelligence.

Manning is a transgender woman who had sought sex reassignment surgery while in prison. The request was eventually granted but her sentence was commuted before she could obtain the operation, according to the Washington Post.