Chelsea Manning 'looking forward to so much' after release

Chelsea Manning 'looking forward to so much' after release

Chelsea Manning 'looking forward to so much' after release

Despite her sentence of 35 years in prison delivered in 2013 for giving "more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks, a very big leak that lifted the veil on American military and diplomatic activities around the world".

Roughly five months after arriving in Baghdad, Manning downloaded and began leaking more than 725,000 secret USA government documents to WikiLeaks, including diplomatic cables, battlefield reports, and five Guantanamo Bay detainee profiles.

Chelsea Manning was released from Leavenworth prison in Kansas today, thus ending what was supposed to be a 35 years sentence after being convicted of espionage.

In January, then-President Barack Obama commuted Manning's 35-year sentence for leaking troves of military intelligence records to the website Wikileaks.

"When I first wrote to Chelsea at the military prison in Kansas, she could not be filmed, nor could I communicate with her in any way other than through letters", Hawkins said in a statement.

Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, Manning's clemency and appellate lawyers, said in a joint statement: "We are able to confirm that Chelsea Manning has been released safely from military prison". "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world".

Manning, 29, gained worldwide attention in 2010, when she was implicated in one of the largest leaks of state secrets in USA history.

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Born a male in a small rural Oklahoma town, Manning grew up in Wales after her parents divorced; Manning's father kicked her out of the house when he learned of his child's sexual orientation.

Manning will be allowed to wear her preferred civilian clothing, including women's attire, while on excess leave, Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said.

But since her impending release was announced, Manning's outlook has brightened.

London-based Pulse Films made the announcement at the opening of the Cannes film festival, on the day of Manning's release from a maximum-security military prison. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick.

The Department of Defence repeatedly has declined to discuss Manning's treatment.

In 2010, Manning learned about Julian Assange and his site WikiLeaks after seeing them post documents about the 9/11 attacks.

After his conviction, Bradley stated he would continue his life as Chelsea E. Manning.

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In 2010 she was charged on 22 counts, the most severe being "aiding the enemy", Manning faced a charge of the death sentence.

As for her crimes, Manning was an Army intelligence analyst who had success to sensitive classified information.

Manning was one of the first service members to access transgender health care benefits under new policy and the first to be approved for gender reassignment surgery in military prison.

She will now assist with a documentary about her life.

Chelsea Manning's leak of classified U.S. military data included documents known as the Iraq and Afghanistan "War Logs", which included a clip of a U.S. Apache helicopter killing two journalists who worked for the Reuters news agency, according to the BBC.

He attempted to commit suicide in July 2016, after which he served seven days in solitary confinement.

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