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WikiLeaks claims 'victory' as Obama commutes Manning sentence

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Manning was tried and jailed over her decision to hand over hundreds of thousands of military logs from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks, as well as sensitive diplomatic cables that discussed issues like prisoner abuse.

Shortly after her sentencing, Manning came out as a woman and announced she wanted hormone therapy to help with her transition. "The bottom-line is this: I need help and I am still not getting it", NPR quoted Manning, who at the time had been forced into solitary confinement following suicide attempts. Thank you for what you did for everyone, Chelsea.

On August, 21 2013 a court martial slapped Manning with the historically long sentence, the longest prison sentence ever ascribed to someone for leaking documents or footage. Her supporters say she has been denied proper medical care in detention, and Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT Project who represents Manning, said the president's move "could quite literally save Chelsea's life". Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in a statement. "I haven't had the chance to live my life yet". Sentenced to be imprisoned until 2045, she will now be released in May.

U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) was also unhappy. "The decision to commute Pvt". He's also pardoned an additional 212 people.

Instead, the former intelligence analyst was sentenced to 35 years in prison, as well as demoted from private first class to private and dishonorably discharged. Lopez Rivera has been in federal prison since 1981 when the courts ruled him guilty of "seditious conspiracy" to overrun the U.S. government due to ties with Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional, an armed militia group.

During the 1970s and 80s, López Rivera's FALN placed more than 130 bombs in American cities.

Lopez Rivera was a member of the clandestine Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional, or FALN, that carried out a series of bombings in the US for the goal of Puerto Rican independence.

In 1977, a worker at the Mobil oil building in New York City was killed in another FALN attack. A bomb planted by that group in 1975 went off in Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan, killing four.

Obama shortened the sentences for 209 inmates and granted 64 pardons on Tuesday.

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