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08/22/2013 06:58 pm ET Updated Aug 23, 2013

Obama Heckled During Speech In Syracuse

President Barack Obama was heckled while giving a speech in Syracuse, New York on Wednesday.

According to NBC's Shawna Thomas, two women were taken out of the event after yelling at Obama. One of the women had a sign that said "Free Bradley Manning," referring to the soldier now known as Chelsea Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for handing WikiLeaks a massive cache of sensitive government documents detailing the inner workings of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NBC's Alicia Jennings also tweeted about the incident:

According to CBS's Mark Knoller, Obama defended the heckler before moving on with his speech:

Obama is currently on a bus tour to promote his plan for a new government rating system for colleges and universities. Before stopping in Syracuse on Thursday, he spoke at the University at Buffalo and stopped by the Women's Rights National Historical Park Visitors Center.

Joanna Zelman contributed to this report.

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