Chelsea Manning Released From Prison

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

More than $150,000 has been raised for Army Pvt.

Manning had to serve her sentence in an all-male military prison despite a request to transfer to a civilian prison.

Download our Expert Edition e-book, Cyber: Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation. She was given a 35-year sentence of a possible maximum sentence of 90 years.

President Barack Obama's decision in January to commute Manning's sentence to about seven years, including the time she spent locked up before being convicted, drew strong criticism from members of Congress and others, with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan calling the move "just outrageous".

Manning is still considered to be on active duty in the Army until her criminal appeal is complete.

One of the files released by Manning was a shocking 2007 video, "Collateral Murder", of a US helicopter killing 12 civilians, including two Reuters staff, in Iraq, noted Common Dreams in 2015; none of the usa military personnel involved in the killings were charged.

In a statement released by her legal team, Ms Manning expressed joy and optimism for her future.

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"After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived", Manning said in a statement provided by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Minutes later, she tweeted a photo of her feet in tennis shoes, with the caption: "First steps of freedom!"

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

Manning was convicted for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents and videos downloaded from intelligence databases to WikiLeaks.

Leavenworth, Kansas, early Wednesday morning after serving seven years on an espionage sentence, and will already star in her own documentary film about her return to civilian life. The film is titled "XY Chelsea" and will be directed by British filmmaker Tim Travers Hawkins and executive produced by "Citizenfour" filmmaker Laura Poitras.

There have been protests held to have Manning released from prison, and on the most part her posts on social media were warmly received. Producers say Manning granted filmmakers "unprecedented access". Missing from the letter was the Human Rights Campaign, although the group applauded Obama when he announced clemency for her. Soon after Saeed's release and return to the US, he was accused of abusing his wife, Naghmeh Abedini, for years, which Saeed denied, reported The Washington Post in February 2016.

Manning, who leaked hundreds of thousands of USA national security documents, videos and diplomatic cables from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks in 2010, walked out of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on Wednesday, after having served seven years in prison for his actions.

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