Chelsea Manning celebrates release from prison: 'First steps of freedom'

  • Chelsea Manning celebrates release from prison: 'First steps of freedom'

Chelsea Manning celebrates release from prison: 'First steps of freedom'

The next day, she announces she is transgender and requests to be known as Chelsea.

Julian Assange, whose WikiLeaks was put indelibly on the worldwide map with the Manning leaks, cheered her release.

Manning said at the time that she had hoped to spark "worldwide discussion, debates and reforms" with the information, bringing to light what she saw as an unfair portrayal of the USA wars. As such, she may be entitled to military benefits, including health care.

After the 2013 sentencing, the ex-intelligence agent changed her name to Chelsea Manning and identified as transgender. She also was allowed counseling sessions and treatment doctors for her gender dysphoria following a lawsuit filed by Strangio.

The money will pay for Manning's living expenses for her first year out of prison.

She also tweeted a photo celebrating her "first steps of freedom".

Manning - known then as Bradley Manning - was sentenced to 35 years in prison on 20 counts, including violations of the Espionage Act.

A documentary is being created about Pvt.

According to a statement, Manning was released from the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, at about 2 am. The film is titled "XY Chelsea" and will be directed by British filmmaker Tim Travers Hawkins and executive produced by "Citizenfour" filmmaker Laura Poitras. They've said she plans to live in Maryland, where she has family.

"I also filmed a small group of individuals who were part of Chelsea's legal and support team".

Obama's decision came in the last days of his presidency in January.

More recently, WikiLeaks published Democratic National Committee emails in the weeks leading up to the November 8 US presidential election.

Chelsea Manning, former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks and sentenced to 35 years in jail. She was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

Two years after her sentencing, Obama's Defense Secretary Ash Carter shelved what he called the military's "outdated" bars to transgender enlistment, regulations that would have prevented Manning from ever being deployed. 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.

Manning left the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas early Wednesday. "She has repeatedly been punished for trying to survive and now is being repeatedly punished for trying to die", Chase Strangio, her attorney, wrote in an email to the Associated Press.

Chelsea Manning walked out of a US military prison on Wednesday, seven years after being arrested for passing secrets to WikiLeaks in the largest breach of classified information in USA history.

He described Manning's sentence as "very disproportionate" although Mr Obama's successor, Donald Trump, branded the soldier an "ungrateful traitor" who "should never have been released".

The Oklahoma native's attorneys and the Army have refused to say precisely when and how she will be released, citing potential safety concerns.