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Report: Defense Secretary Ash Carter Opposed Manning Commutation

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 09:16 PM

Defense Secretary Ash Carter reportedly opposed President Barack Obama's commuting Tuesday of Chelsea Manning's 35-year prison sentence for providing stolen classified information to WikiLeaks, according to news reports.

ABC News reported one Obama administration official said Carter opposed the commutation.

Manning will now be released from prison in May with Obama's decision.

She was an Army intelligence analyst who was convicted in military court in 2013 of six violations of the Espionage Act and 14 other offenses for leaking more than 700,000 documents and battlefield video to WikiLeaks.

Manning committed the leaks in 2009 as Bradley Manning. She has served more than six years of her sentence.

Carter was an undersecretary in the Defense Department when Manning leaked the data.

In November, Manning asked President Obama to commute her sentence to time served.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter reportedly opposed President Barack Obama's commuting Tuesday of Chelsea Manning's 35-year prison sentence for providing stolen classified information to WikiLeaks, according to news reports.
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