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Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning was released Wednesday from Fort Leavenworth, a military prison in Kansas. In January, then-President Barack Obama commuted Manning's 35-year prison sentence after she requested clemency. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference Wednesday in the briefing room of the White House. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Chelsea Manning had been sentenced to 35 years for leaking military secrets to WikiLeaks. Civil liberties groups have praised President Obama's decision to commute the sentence, but some Republican leaders are outraged. AP hide caption

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Edward Snowden speaks in September via video link from Moscow during a news conference with Human Rights Watch to call upon President Obama to pardon Snowden before leaving office. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Obama Faces Difficult Choices Amid Stream Of Last-Minute Clemency Requests

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PVt. Chelsea Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted last year of sending classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks U.S. Army handout/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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PVt. Chelsea Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted last year of sending classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. In this 2010 photo, Manning was dressed as a woman. The soldier has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman. U.S. Army handout/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who now asks to be referred to as Chelsea, dressed as a woman in this 2010 photograph. U.S. Army handout/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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