According to a Justice Department source, Manning is on Barack Obama’s shortlist, and a commutation is being “actively considered” by the president. A decision could be reached “as soon as today [Wednesday],” NBC’s political correspondent Cynthia McFadden said.
Edward Snowden’s 2013 leaks also played a role in Manning’s harsh sentence, according to officials, with the impact of his leaks emerging as Manning’s case was drawing to a close.
Manning leaked more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, which detailed US war crimes and exposed classified information about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She has already served seven years in military prison.
She was sentenced by court martial in 2013 after being found guilty of 20 charges, included six under the Espionage Act of 1917. At that stage, she had endured three years in custody, with one year spent in solitary confinement. The UN accused the US government of “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment of Manning.