Thursday, 27 July, 2017

Chelsea Manning Released From Prison

Chelsea Manning released after 7 years in military prison Chelsea Manning Released From Prison
Craig Ferguson | 18 May, 2017, 23:02

Even though the army eventually approved Manning's requests for hormone therapy, the protracted legal battles earned her significant media attention among advocates.

Military prosecutors in 2010 charged Manning with 22 offenses, including violations of the Espionage Act, for giving hundreds of thousands of classified USA documents and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

"I feel very comfortable that justice has been served", said President Obama about his partial commutation of Manning's sentence. "I have never made any excuses for what I did", Manning wrote in her petition in November to have her sentence commuted. The leak, which Manning said she provided "to show the true cost of war", is considered to be the largest of its kind in USA history.

Manning acknowledged leaking the materials, saying she wanted to expose what she considered to be the United States military's disregard of the effects of war on civilians.

Manning, 29, captioned her first post on Instagram after creating a profile, which she used to document her return to normalcy.

Manning has served more time in prison than anyone else in USA history convicted of leaking classified information.

While Graham was upset by Manning's release, he campaigned for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini from an Iranian prison.

USA Today reported Manning will remain an active-duty, unpaid soldier, eligible for health care and other benefits while her court-martial conviction remains under appeal. Millions of Americans, including then U.S. President-elect Trump, exploded with outrage when then President Obama decided in January to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence, arguing that she had served enough time. That includes time spent in prison during her trial and after she received her sentence.

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In a statement last week - her first public comments since Obama wiped away her remaining sentence - Manning thanked him and said letters of support from veterans and fellow transgender people inspired her "to work toward making life better for others".

Manning was convicted in 2013 of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud, for providing WikiLeaks with a huge dump of secret documents, noted The Associated Press.

Those who supported Manning's leaks said that the information she released led to the end of the Iraq war and brought the realities of the overseas war home to the U.S.

A day after she was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013, Manning said she had felt female since childhood and wanted to live as a woman called Chelsea.

"For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea", Manning told the BBC last week, looking forward to her release. Manning garnered enormous media attention for the vastness of her whistleblowing efforts.

Manning twice attempted suicide a year ago at Fort Leavenworth, a male military prison.

Manning also went on a hunger strike in September 2016 for several days for what she and her lawyers said was a lack of treatment for gender dysphoria.

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