The Obama Administration announced the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence for disclosing classified information that raised public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning will reportedly be freed in May 2017.
Manning, a transgender woman, is in the seventh year of an unprecedented 35-year sentence and has been forced to serve her sentence in an all-male prison.
Nancy Hollander, Manning's appellate counselor, said in a joint statement with her co-counsel Vince Ward, "Ms. Manning is the longest serving whistleblower in the history of the United States. Her 35-year sentence for disclosing information that served the public interest and never caused harm to the United Staes was always excessive, and we're delighted that justice is being served in the form of this commutation."
The full press release can be found on the website of ACLU, see here.