Former intelligence officer who gave United States secrets to WikiLeaks leaves prison

Former intelligence officer who gave United States secrets to WikiLeaks leaves prison

Former intelligence officer who gave United States secrets to WikiLeaks leaves prison

Earlier this week Manning released a statement saying that she now can imagine a future as Chelsea.

There's so much wrong with this, I don't know where to begin.

Manning tweeted a photo, writing, "first steps of freedom".

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in jail in 2013 after being convicted of numerous charges, including espionage.

Soon after she was imprisoned, Manning came out as transgender and changed her name to Chelsea.

LGBT groups in a joint letter a year ago led by ACLU had joined calls on Obama to commute the sentence for Manning, who applied for clemency with the White House in November.

On Wednesday, Manning left the prison barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas - the only maximum-security facility run by the Pentagon - thanks to a commutation of her sentence by ex-President Barack Obama before he left office.

According to a GoFundMe page that raised over $150,000 to help her transition back to public life, Manning will return to Maryland.

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She also said she wanted to expose lies about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that she was suffering under the anti-LGBT policies then in place in the military.

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

Chelsea Manning's incarceration sparked controversy in the US at the time of her trial.

Manning acknowledged leaking the materials, saying she wanted to expose what she considered to be the U.S. military's disregard of the effects of war on civilians. This means she will maintain her access to military medical benefits, including for gender dysphoria and gender reassignment, but Strangio said his client has no interest because of the treatment she endured in prison. This was the longest sentence ever to be imposed on a whistleblower in U.S. history. No press conference is planned and media massing at the military installation may be hard-pressed to even catch a glimpse of Manning.

Over the years, Manning, who has a Twitter account run by her supporters, has been vocal about her own imprisonment, gender transition, and current events.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who is friends with Manning and also played a role in publishing leaks from famous whistleblower Edward Snowden, tells the BBC that Manning will likely face a number of challenges now that she's out of prison.

She was not able to flee overseas like Edward Snowden, who in 2013 released documents showing that the NSA was sweeping up United States citizens' communications metadata. "Why was Chelsea Manning the first one?" "The reason is simple: her revelations deeply embarrassed not only the Republicans, but especially the Obama administration".

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