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The guy, you reported, initially made it free from slavery (7)


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'free from slavery' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'the guy you reported initially made' is the wordplay.
'the guy' becomes 'man' (guy can informally mean a man).
'reported' indicates a 'sounds like' (homophone) clue.
'initially made' becomes 'mit' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'you' sounds like 'u'.

'it' is the link.
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(Other definitions for manumit that I've seen before include "Set free from slavery - anti-mum (anag)" , "release" , "deliver" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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