Chelsea Manning Released From Military Prison Following Obama Commutation

She was freed ahead of schedule after President Obama commuted her 35-year sentence in January.

In a statement issued through the American Civil Liberties Union, which provided her with legal support, Manning said: "After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived".

In 2009 and 2010, Manning admitted that she-he at the time-smuggled out several SD disks with reams of classified information, including contents of Significant Actions files, or SigActs, which detail military actions on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Manning added, though, that she didn't plan for the released documents to harm the U.S.in any way. Now, she can complete her transition as a free, openly transgender woman.

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As a result of her hunger strike, the military did finally agree to pay for Manning's gender transition treatment.

"For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea", Manning said in a recent statement. "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.

The Oklahoma native had a hard childhood. "She wouldn't be charged again for the same offenses, but if she committed a new crime, the military would still have jurisdiction over her".

May 17, 2017: Manning is released from lockup at Kansas' Fort Leavenworth, on the date Obama's clemency order had directed. Who knows how many lives he put in danger.

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Virtually unknown at the time of her arrest, Manning today is a well-known figure around the world.

She revealed previously unknown killings of civilian bystanders in Iraq and Afghanistan, classified intelligence assessments of Guantanamo detainees, revelations that the US failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse by Iraqi police and soldiers, and blunt diplomatic assessments of USA allies and adversaries.

She will now assist with a documentary about her life.

$140,000 has been raised on-line to help Manning re-acclimate and start a new life. The 32-track album also features songs by frequent Bruce Springsteen collaborator Tom Morello's acoustic solo project The Nightwatchman, founding Sonic Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore and a variety of others artists.

Manning has also surreptitiously become an icon for transgender activists.

Manning was one of the first service members to access transgender health care benefits under new policy and the first to be approved for gender reassignment surgery in military prison.

April 20, 2011: Manning is transferred from Quantico to an Army prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and is allowed to live with other inmates.

Obama's decision to commute Manning's sentence set off harsh criticism from some Republicans and intelligence officials.

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