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Today President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who pled guilty and was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison under the 1917 Espionage Act. Manning will be released in May, and both she and her lawyer were thrilled by the news. New York Magazine’s Brian Feldman explains that the president cannot pardon Edward Snowden because Snowden has not yet been tried and convicted, and that Manning’s commutation may clear the way for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to stand trial in the U.S. Of course conservatives are outraged and in other news, water is wet. Are you happy with President Obama’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence?
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