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Obama gives pardon to WikiLeaks informant

By Josh Lederman

President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, allowing the former Army intelligence analyst who gave classified documents to WikiLeaks to go free nearly 30 years early.

Manning, who will leave prison in May, was one of 209 inmates whose sentences Mr Obama shortened. The outgoing president also pardoned 64 people, including retired General James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston said: "These 273 individuals learned that our nation is a forgiving nation where hard work and a commitment to rehabilitation can lead to a second chance."

Manning has been serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

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