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Chelsea Manning to be released on IDAHOT 2017

In one of his last moves in office, President Obama commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world. As reported by the New York Times, “the decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to kill herself last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the men’s military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.”
The date of the liberation coincides with the IDAHOT, on May 17, which turns this decision into a much broader acknowledgement of the situation faced by Trans prisoners in US jails.

This act will definitely constitute a way for President Obama to mark the IDAHOT once more even beyond his term.

President Obama marked the Day with special statements in 20162015 and 2014.

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