Chelsea Manning to participate in documentary about her

19 May, 2017, 06:48 | Author: Bridget Leonard

Chelsea Manning was freed from a military prison on Wednesday, having served seven of a 35-year sentence for revealing government secrets.

"After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived", Manning said in a statement hours after her release, according to ABC News. "I am looking forward to so much".

Chelsea Manning was safely released today from the USA military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

"We are able to confirm that Chelsea Manning has been released safely from military prison", Hollander and Ward said. After her parents' divorce, Manning moved with her mother to Wales, where she repressed her sexuality and was mocked for her effeminate ways.

The transgender former USA military intelligence analyst leaked 700,000 classified military and state department documents to WikiLeaks.

In 2010, when she went by the name Bradley Manning, the soldier downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and then smuggled them out of her intelligence unit. She pleaded guilty for leaking the information but was acquitted of the charge of "aiding the enemy". "The traumas of the past few years will not simply evaporate when she walks out of the prison". A week later, Manning wrote an op-ed for the Guardian that trashed the former president's legacy and wrote that "over the last eight years, there have been very few permanent accomplishments". In that status, she will be unpaid but will be legally entitled to military medical care.

Manning sent this photograph of herself in a wig and makeup to her supervisor in April 2010, before her gender reassignment surgery.

"Funds raised will be used to pay for Chelsea's rent, utilities, health care, clothing and other living expenses for the first year after she is released", the crowdfunding campaign read.

Chase Strangio, one of Manning's attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union, called her "a fierce advocate for justice". Manning was subsequently court-martialed and sentenced in 2013 with the opportunity for parole after seven years. President Barack Obama granted her clemency in January before departing office.

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.

Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Chicago-based Gay Liberation Network, said in a statement his organization will host a "welcome home" party for Manning along with LGBT organizations in other cities worldwide.

Virtually unknown at the time of her arrest, Manning today is a well-known figure around the world.


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