Chelsea Manning has been released from a Kansas military prison after serving seven years of her 35-year sentence for leaking classified government materials to WikiLeaks.
Manning, now seen as a transgender champion for internet freedom, was formerly known Bradley Manning before being diagnosed with gender dysphoria while in the USA army.
Manning was convicted in 2013 of stealing 750,000 pages of documents and videos before leaking them to WikiLeaks.
Get Breaking News alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post delivered to your email. Manning gave the files to WikiLeaks in 2010; the US was not in a declared war at that time.
Now free, Manning has indicated she will move to Maryland.
September 1, 2010: Manning's civilian attorney, David E. Coombs, says his client under psychiatric care and undergoing tests amid concern that Manning is suicidal. She was convicted of 17 of the 22 charges against her but acquitted of charges alleging she aided the enemy or that she meant to harm the national security interests of the country. Manning wrote alongside a photograph of sneaker-clad feet that she published on social media.
While Graham was upset by Manning's release, he campaigned for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini from an Iranian prison. It was not immediately clear how that would be affected by the Defense Department and Army restrictions.
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After seven years in prison, whistleblower Chelsea Manning has walked free.
February 3, 2012: Military District of Washington commander Maj.
Manning was convicted by court martial in 2013, including on Espionage Act violations. Manning was imprisoned for disclosing archives of secret files to WikiLeaks and sentenced to an unprecedented 35-year term. During her incarceration, she came out as a transgender woman. Manning launched a hunger strike in September, demanding access to treatment for her gender dysphoria.
July 5, 2016: Manning tries to kill herself in the military lockup at Kansas' Fort Leavenworth, according to her attorneys. Hollander and her partner Ward immediately agreed. On two separate occasions, Manning attempted to commit suicide over the past year.
In a recent interview with NPR, Steven Nelson, a reporter with U.S. News and World Report, clarified why Obama made a decision to significantly shorten the original 35-year sentence handed to Manning. President Barack Obama granted her clemency in January before departing office.
Manning's lawyers have said Manning was subjected to violence in prison and argued the military mistreated her by requiring her to serve her sentence in an all-male prison, restricting her physical and mental health care and not allowing her to keep a feminine haircut.
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