Chelsea Manning, the U.S. soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning, has asked President Obama to pardon her for handing over thousands of classified documents to the whistle-blowing website, WikiLeaks.
According to the Pardon Private Manning website, Manning's civilian lawyer filed the formal request for a presidential pardon on Tuesday, less than two weeks after Manning was sentenced to 35 years behind bars.
The lawyer is calling on Obama to either reduce Manning's sentence to time already served since her arrest in 2010, or for a full presidential pardon.
In either case, 25-year-old Manning would be free to leave prison.
Legal experts, however, see very little chance of the Obama administration granting a pardon, especially considering the lengths it went to to prosecute Manning.