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Chelsea Manning was interviewed on the ABC News program Nightline shortly after her release from prison. Manning, a 29-year-old transgender woman, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted of leaking classified information. Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images hide caption

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Ethel and Julius Rosenberg attend their 1951 trial in New York. They were charged and convicted of giving nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union under the 1917 Espionage Act. The law was intended for spies but has been used by the Obama and Trump administrations to prosecute suspected national security leakers. AP hide caption

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Once Reserved For Spies, Espionage Act Now Used Against Suspected Leakers

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Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera gestures as he is released Wednesday from house arrest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after 36 years in custody. Carlos Giusti/AP hide caption

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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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