Newly freed, Chelsea Manning looks to 'exciting' future

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The former Private Bradley Manning, 29, survived two suicide attempts and the USA military's conservative views on gender while serving a 35-year sentence for espionage for handing over hundreds of thousands of pages of United States diplomatic communications and other records to WikiLeaks in 2010.

The transgender former U.S. military intelligence analyst leaked 700,000 classified military and state department documents to WikiLeaks. His release was announced after President Obama waived all but four months of what was originally a 35-year sentence on 17 charges, including espionage.

She posted a picture on Twitter of her black-and-white Converse baseball shoes with the caption "First steps of freedom!" followed by a smiley-face emoticon.

Chelsea Manning has issued her first statement since being released from prison Wednesday.

"We are able to confirm that Chelsea Manning has been released safely from military prison", said Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward. "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world". After release, pending a final appellate review of the Manning's court martial charges, Manning will remain an active duty private in the U.S. Army with access to commissaries, on-base recreation and health-care services.

Manning sent this photograph of herself in a wig and makeup to her supervisor in April 2010, before her gender reassignment surgery.

But Manning's trial and imprisonment brought out the dramatic struggle she had over her gender.

Few details are being disclosed about release from Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, but an online fundraising site set up by supporters says she is headed to Maryland.

The photos that headline the account show Chelsea with short hair.

She also leaked documents related to detainees at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay and some 250,000 State Department cables. Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier convicted of giving classified government materials to WikiLeaks.

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

The Army said Wednesday that Manning remains subject to the military's criminal code until her discharge from the Army, and that her "excess leave" status will be lifted if she's prosecuted for any violations.

Millions of Americans, including then U.S. President-elect Trump, exploded with outrage when then President Obama decided in January to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence, arguing that she had served enough time. "Beyond that, she is waiting to experience life outside of prison before declaring any future plans". On two separate occasions, Manning attempted to commit suicide over the past year.

Manning was convicted by court-martial in 2013 of espionage and other offenses for furnishing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks, an worldwide organization that publishes such information from anonymous sources, while she was an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

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

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