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Edward Snowden

Freeing Chelsea Manning

In one of his final decisions in office this week, President Barack Obama commuted the 35-year prison sentence given to Chelsea Manning, the former Army whistleblower who was convicted in 2013 of giving the media thousands of confidential government documents, some of which revealed Pentagon abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan. The punishment was excessive compared to that of defendants in other cases involving similar leaks of classified information, and after weighing all the factors, Mr. Obama made the wise and compassionate decision to release Ms. Manning, a transgender woman who has already served spent years in the U.S. military's maximum security prison for men at Fort Leavenworth, Kan....