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‘Chelsea’ Manning being freed from prison, 28 years early

(NEW YORK TIMES) — WASHINGTON — Chelsea Manning is expected to walk freely out of the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Wednesday, bringing to a close one of the most extraordinary criminal cases in American history over the leaking of government secrets to the public.

Sentenced to an unprecedented 35-year prison term for disclosing archives of secret files to WikiLeaks, Ms. Manning spent about seven years in prison — already double the second-longest sentence in any leak case. She is set to be freed 28 years early because President Barack Obama, in one of his final acts, commuted the bulk of her remaining sentence.

Both the military and Ms. Manning’s legal team, seeking to avoid a media circus, disclosed few details about her release and immediate plans. The military would not say what time she would depart, and said it would not permit reporters to wait near the gate to the prison barracks complex.

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