In one of his last official acts, President Obama used his Constitutional power to grant pardons to commute the sentence of Pvt. Bradley Manning, who leaked thousands of military and diplomatic secrets during the Iraq War. Manning, who has served 7 years of a 35 year sentence at the military prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, now goes by the name of “Chelsea” and has been seeking government-funded gender-reassignment surgery.
Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks who is holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, has said that if Obama commutes Manning, he would agree to extradition in the United States to face charges of publishing classified material. (That would presumably be better than extradition to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault.) Manning’s revelations helped bring Wikileaks to prominence.