Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Chelsea Manning leaves prison after sentence in leaks case is commuted

Chelsea Manning leaves prison after sentence in leaks case is commuted

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning can be on social media like any other free civilian.

In prison, Ms Manning also became an inspiration for transgender people as she struggled with identifying as a woman while in American military custody.

"She's going to live in a country where the top officials have expressed extreme denunciations of her, condemnations of her, who regard her as a traitor", he said.

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Manning was released from the Fort Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks Wednesday morning. She was given a 35-year sentence of a possible maximum sentence of 90 years.

Manning was locked up for about seven years, however, President Barack Obama commuted most of her remaining sentence in January 2017 shortly before leaving office.

Her "excess leave" status will legally entitle her to military medical care, along with commissary privileges, according to local media reports. Manning pleaded guilty to ten of those charges in 2013 to avoid the death penalty, and was later found guilty of additional charges and sentenced to 35 years in a military prison.

"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.

The military was therefore keen on keeping her release low-key.

She also tweeted a photo celebrating her "first steps of freedom". Perhaps the most stark example: diplomatic cables given by Manning to Wikileaks helped spark mass protests that overthrew Tunisian autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

Manning's commutation received a host of criticism from some in the government - including now-President Trump.

Some LGBT advocates celebrated the release of Manning from prison, arguing she was a whistleblower whose actions exposed abuses during the Bush and Obama administrations. Missing from the letter was the Human Rights Campaign, although the group applauded Obama when he announced clemency for her.

LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS - Chelsea Manning walked out of a U.S. military prison on Wednesday, seven years after being arrested for passing secrets to WikiLeaks in the largest breach of classified information in United States history.

Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith says The transgender soldier was released from Fort Leavenworth on Wednesday. She was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

She was known as Bradley Manning before transitioning in prison. Central Time. The BBC also cites an unnamed Army representative in reporting she has left the facility.

At about 8:50 a.m., the Associated Press reported that Tillis first appeared unconscious, but was breathing when taken from the race.

Manning's leak made WikiLeaks an internationally known entity and brought to light classified information pertaining to the Iraq War.

Manning was convicted in 2013 of stealing 750,000 pages of documents and videos before leaking them to WikiLeaks.

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