It wouldn't even surprise me if Obama agrees to pay for Manning's penis removal procedure to make him look like the woman his delusion has him believe.
This is just another "flipping of the bird" by Obama to the American right and Trump. It's his last hurrah as president and it stinks.
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, said that if Obama agreed to commute Manning's sentence that he would agree to extradition and come to the United States.
Manning tried to commit suicide twice last year, fearful of being a transgender person at an all male military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has been there for almost 7 years and his 35-year sentence was the longest ever imposed in the USA for a leak conviction. Perhaps that was due to the fact that it was the largest leak of classified military information in the history of the United States.
Manning is lucky he didn't get the death sentence.
Now he's scheduled for release on May 17th of this year, rather than in 2045. This will take the burden off the military who is being pushed by Manning for treatment of his gender dysphoria (a fancy term for delusions) and for surgery to remove his penis and replace it with tissue to make him look like a woman.
Now all Obama has to do to put the icing on the finger is for him to pardon Edward Snowden and allow him to leave Mother Russia and come home again.