Obama denies Assange tweet offering extradition to US influenced his decision to free Manning – TheBlaze:
"The president said he looked at all the “particulars of the case” and felt that the commutation was “entirely appropriate,” adding that Manning’s punishment was “disproportionate” to the crime.
Bradley Manning, Chelsea’s given name, was convicted in 2010 for his role leaking sensitive information to Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, information that revealed American military and diplomatic activities in several regions of the world. WikiLeaks made the information public in April and November of 2010. Manning was sentenced in 2013 and began gender reassignment to become Chelsea Manning while incarcerated."