- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Outgoing Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says he did not agree with how President Obama handled the case of Chelsea Manning, the Army analyst who will now be freed in May after Mr. Obama commuted her sentence for leaking classified information.

“All I’ll say about the Manning case is I did not support the direction the president went,” Mr. Carter said in an interview that aired Thursday on CNN’s “New Day.” “But he’s made his decision. That’s all I’m going to say. That was not my recommendation.”

Earlier this week, Mr. Obama announced he was commuting the sentence of Manning, the transgender Army analyst who has served about seven years in prison for leaking military secrets. Manning will now be freed in May instead of serving a sentence until 2045.

Mr. Obama defended the move during a Wednesday news conference, saying that “justice has been served” and that “she took responsibility for her crime.”

But Republicans have criticized the move and say it could send a message to others thinking about leaking classified information.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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