Perhaps because Bradley came out as as woman and attempted suicide while in prison explains the commutation. O's always an advocate for the "oppressed."
This news is breaking.
I saw it first on Mark Knoller's feed:
And Althouse's shock at the president's decision, as well as all the comments there, "Obama frees Chelsea Manning!"Pres Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning, serving 35 years for stealing and disclosing government records. Commuted to May 17, 2017.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 17, 2017
And at the New York Times, via Memeorandum "Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning's Sentence."