The final days of the Obama administration have been marked with questions about whether Chelsea Manning‘s sentence will be commuted. Well, today President Obama granted Manning that commutation and her confessions may have been what saved her.
“I take full and complete responsibility for my decision to disclose these materials to the public,” she wrote. “I have never made any excuses for what I did. I pleaded guilty without the protection of a plea agreement because I believed the military justice system would understand my motivation for the disclosure and sentence me fairly. I was wrong.”
Manning has been serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified information, but the commutation now means that her sentence is up this coming May: