Chelsea Manning thanks outgoing President Obama for the pardon

In a surprise move, Obama curtailed the prison sentence of Manning days before giving charge to President-elect Donald Trump of Republican party

Chelsea Manning thanks outgoing President Obama for the pardon

Former US Intelligent Analyst Chelsea Manning on Friday thanked the outgoing President Barack Obama for pardoning her 35-year jail sentence for leaking classified documents.

"Thank you @BarackObama for giving me a chance, Manning tweeted.




In a surprise move, Obama curtailed the prison sentence of Manning days before giving charge to President-elect Donald Trump of Republican party.

Obama defended his decision of commuting the 35-year sentence of the transwoman soldier saying Manning has served a tough term.

"Let's be clear, Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence. So the notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital, classified information would think that it goes unpunished I don't think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served," Obama told reporters at his last press conference.

Manning was convicted of illegally possessing confidential data and documents and leaking them to Wikileaks. She had requested a transfer to a civilian prison after being sent to Fort Leavenworth, an all-male Army prison in eastern Kansas