Thursday, 25 May, 2017

Chelsea Manning freed from military prison

Chelsea Manning to walk free after 7 years in prison Chelsea Manning released from prison
Kelley Robertson | 18 May, 2017, 10:29

She acknowledged leaking the files while working in Iraq, but protested that she had acted to raise awareness of the impact of United States military action on innocent civilians.

Manning came out as a transgender woman shortly after her conviction and has had a rough time in prison according to her attorneys, attempting suicide twice.

Manning was serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq when she made the controversial disclosures.

"I am torn up", she said in a 2015 interview with Cosmopolitan magazine.

Despite protests from Republicans, Manning was released from jail on May 17, 2017. "Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past", added Manning, 29.

For Coombs, the system's "grievous wrong" required executive action to correct.

Manning's 35-year sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama, who concluded that seven years in federal custody was enough for her crimes. From prison recently, Manning voiced gratitude.

"When I first wrote to Chelsea at the military prison in Kansas, she could not be filmed, nor could I communicate with her in any way other than through letters". "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world". After joking "i$3 f I really wanted to kill myself, I could use my underwear", Manning's underwear was then confiscated.

Once WikiLeaks and prominent news publications started publishing the materials, a computer hacker who talked to Manning about the leaks revealed her to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The former intelligence analyst in Iraq acknowledged leaking the materials, saying she wanted to expose what she considered to be the US military's disregard of the effects of war on civilians. They appeared not to value human life, she said, referring to the victims as "dead bastards". An epic victory for which many good people fought - including Chelsea herself.

In 2014, a federal judge granted her request to formally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Military personnel at the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where Manning was held had not released many details about her release that was scheduled for today. Her representatives allege that she was subjected to violence in prison and that she was mistreated by the military, which forced her to serve her sentence in an all-male prison. Those documents became known as the Afghan War logs. After being turned down by The Washington Post and The New York Times, Manning sent the information to WikiLeaks in early February. She emerges from prison as one of the most high-profile transgender people in the country. Manning is responsible for disclosing profiles of its detainees, likened at her trial to "baseball cards".

Manning, who was known as Bradley Manning before transitioning, was convicted in 2013 of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations.

The GoFundMe account was created as a welcome home fund three months ago by one of Manning's attorneys, Chase Strangio of the American Civil Liberties Union.

She reiterated these concerns on November 8, in the opening of a last-ditch effort for her release.

After his conviction, Bradley stated he would continue his life as Chelsea E. Manning.

Manning's commutation received a host of criticism from some in the government - including now-President Trump. Last September, she staged a hunger strike over the way she was being treated.

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