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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning released after seven years

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning released after seven years

Obama's decision to commute Manning's sentence to about seven years, including the time she spent locked up before being convicted, drew strong criticism from members of Congress and others, with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan calling the move "just outrageous".

She was a 22-year-old junior intelligence analyst at a forward operating base outside Baghdad in early 2010 when she began to illegally copy more than 700,000 US military field reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, battlefield videos and diplomatic cables from classified computer accounts. She twice attempted suicide previous year. Hawkins has followed her legal team since 2014. "She has been incarcerated for more than seven years and held in conditions that the United Nations considers to be torture".

According to her representatives, Ms. 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.

The film, "XY Chelsea", by director Tim Travers Hawkins and co-produced by Oscar victor Laura Poitras, will start filming with Manning later Wednesday "as she walks free and begins to tell her story", Pulse said in a statement.

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". "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world. I was not allowed to sit down with my back against the wall", she said in a testimony past year.

The U.S. Army says Pvt. The military said the helicopter crew mistook a camera lens for a weapon.




Manning tweeted after then-President Barack Obama granted her clemency in January that she planned to move to Maryland, where she has an aunt.

The woman behind one of the greatest classified information leaks in US history is now free. But a military court acquitted her of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, which could have sent her to prison for life. This means she will maintain her access to military medical benefits, including for gender dysphoria and gender reassignment, but Strangio said his client has no interest because of the treatment she endured in prison.

Once known as Private First Class Bradley Manning, she is likely to become a high-profile proponent for the transgender community, said Chase Strangio, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who has represented her.

An online campaign set up by her attorney has raised $150,000 (£115,725) to pay for her living expenses for the first year after her release.

Although her supporters say she won't be giving interviews for at least a few weeks, she will probably continue to champion the rights of transgender people, a subject she has written about from behind bars.


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