Chelsea Manning Released From Prison

Chelsea Manning Released From Prison

Chelsea Manning Released From Prison

"I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world", she said in a written statement.

After WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tweeted in a celebratory note regarding Manning's freedom, some users took the opportunity to spew hate about her or use her former name.

Formerly known as Bradley Manning, the private announced that she was a transgender woman the day after her sentencing.

"It is incredible to witness Chelsea Manning's freedom after having seen and worked with her behind bars for four years", Manning support network member and ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio said.

Chelsea Manning has walked out of a United States military prison, seven years after being arrested for passing secrets to WikiLeaks in the largest breach of classified information in USA history. The exact details about her release have been kept secret in order to protect her privacy. Chelsea Manning will be on a special, unpaid off-duty status that will allow the transgender soldier to wear her preferred civilian clothing, including women's attire. Manning was never convicted on the most serious charge that she faced: Aiding the enemy, which would qualify as treason and would have carried a life sentence.

Last September she went on hunger strike after demanding gender confirmation treatment, and was eventually given her request by the Army.

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In appealing the 35-year sentence, Manning's lawyers argued that the former intelligence analyst was a troubled and naive soldier who was motivated by a desire to reveal the human toll of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning is celebrating her freedom after being released from military prison.

President Obama's decision to commute her sentence drew criticism from leading Republicans, including Senator John McCain, who called it a "a grave mistake".

Convicted in 2013 for leaking classified documents and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks, Manning has been a controversial figure.

"She has experienced trauma over the past seven years of her confinement and the trauma from those experiences won't just evaporate the day she walks out of prison", Strangio said.

Chelsea Manning, the USA soldier who contributed to one of the largest leaks of classified information in US history, walked free from prison on Wednesday, May 17. This was the longest sentence ever to be imposed on a whistleblower in U.S. history. This transition is certain to speed up outside a prison environment Manning said denied her "right to exist". "Part of the reason that the White House justified granting her clemency was because it was so much longer than other recent leak sentences". Manning posted a shot of her Converse shoes to Instagram as she left her holding facility.

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