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Chelsea Manning released after seven years from military prison

18 May 2017

CITY, Mo. - Army Pvt.

Supporters of Manning - who attempted suicide twice previous year alone - said they feared she would not have been able to survive the long sentence.

Chase Strangio, an attorney who led Manning's medical-rights suit, commented that these battles have "transformed law and society for the better". That sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama on January 17, 2017 to time served plus 120 days. She was arrested shortly after turning over the trove of secret documents to WikiLeaks in 2010.

She clearly looked forward to what life might hold for her outside the military prison walls. "Like far too many people in prison, particularly transgender women, Chelsea Manning has had to survive unthinkable violence throughout the seven years of her incarceration".

"Understandably she has a lot of question marks about what her life is going to be like next, but it's also her first chance in her adult life that she is really going to be able to define that for herself", Greer said. Even though she was cleared of the more serious offense of aiding the enemy, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for numerous charges under the Espionage Act. After being turned down by The Washington Post and The New York Times, Manning sent the information to WikiLeaks in early February.

Pulse Films announced Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival in France that Manning would be the focus of a documentary titled "XY Chelsea" and has granted filmmakers "unprecedented access".

That and the fact she's issuing press releases - including a pre-release release - makes you wonder if she plans to take the trans celebrity path of Caitlyn Jenner.

Manning was serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq when she made the controversial disclosures. It was there that she was first diagnosed by a clinical psychologist with gender dysphoria, a rare condition among transgender men and women marked by severed psychological distress.

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Manning served the longest sentence of any American whistleblower in history after leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks containing military incident logs in 2010.

The Army said that while Manning is being assigned to Oklahoma's Fort Sill, she doesn't need to report for duty there, meaning she has discretion about where she lives. Former President Barack Obama granted Manning clemency during his final days in office. After her parents' divorce, Manning moved with her mother to Wales, where she repressed her sexuality and was mocked for her effeminate ways.

February 23, 2012: Manning declines to enter a plea to 22 charges, including aiding the enemy, at an arraignment at Fort Meade near Baltimore.

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. Backers have raised more than $135,000 for housing and other essentials and to assist her with her reentry into society after seven years in prison.

She was released from United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas around 3 a.m. ET, Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson told CNN. Central Time. The BBC, also citing an unnamed Army representative, reported that she had left the facility.

In July 2010, Manning - then a male soldier known as Bradley - was arrested over the release of a huge collection of more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents via WikiLeaks, one of the largest leaks of classified information in USA history.

Chelsea Manning released after seven years from military prison