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WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning released from jail

19 May 2017

More than $150,000 has been raised for Army Pvt. "Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing", Earnest said.

During Manning's trial in 2013, testimony showed that she had been deteriorating, mentally and emotionally.

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Cars exit and enter US Army facility Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth, Kansas, on May 17, 2017.

Former President Barack Obama granted her clemency in January before he left office. National security hawks who said she did devastating damage to US interests countered that the commutation was an outrageous act that set a risky precedent.

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Manning intends to move to Maryland, according to The New York Times, but friends and advocates would not give the media more details about her release in order for Manning to privately readjust to life outside of prison.

"Because of the nature of her circumstances and the experience of confinement, she is very committed to living her life as free from the government as possible and taking care of her own health benefits and financial needs, separate and apart from the continued benefits available to her", the lawyer said.

"First steps of freedom!", the 29-year-old wrote, accompanied by a picture of her shoes - which was also posted to Twitter. After the sentencing, Manning changed her name to Chelsea and identified herself as a transgender.

Really? This man was sentenced to 35 years for releasing hundreds of thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks!

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While in prison Manning sought sex reassignment surgery paid for by the government. The attorneys cited her prison conditions, including the solitary confinement that her legal team says she received as punishment for her July suicide attempt, as contributing to their client's fragile mental state.

On Monday Manning tweeted, "Two more days until the freedom of civilian life ^_^ Now hunting for private #healthcare like millions of Americans =P".

Chelsea Manning, the Army soldier who was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison for giving classified materials to WikiLeaks, said Wednesday that she's excited about what lies ahead, just hours after she walked free after serving seven years behind bars. She was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. 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 said she released the documents to WikiLeaks because she felt the US military was ignoring the trauma that many civilians suffered from as a result of war.

These however were not classified as "top secret", and Manning is seen as a whistleblower by her supporters.

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