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Chelsea Manning says she's 'figuring out' future

18 May 2017

Manning opened up about her prison release in a statement last week.

Supporters of Manning - who attempted suicide twice previous year alone - said they feared she would not have been able to survive the long sentence.

"Whatever is ahead of me, is far more important than the past", said the 29-year-old, who served seven of a 35-year sentence over one of the largest leaks of classified documents in U.S. history.

Chelsea Manning, 29, shared her first tweet and photo since being released from military prison on Wednesday morning.

Manning was court-martialed and sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison, the longest sentence ever imposed for a leak conviction in USA history.

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Manning had to serve her sentence in an all-male military prison despite a request to transfer to a civilian prison, said the report.

Manning attempted suicide twice during her seven years in prison, and had to spend time in confinement after one of them. She was freed ahead of schedule after President Obama commuted her 35-year sentence in January.

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.

"I think he or she should not have been released as soon", said Marian Onamer.

Ms Manning, who was deployed in Iraq, was convicted in 2013 of 20 charges including violating the Espionage Act, theft and computer fraud.

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"We knew that what we had in our hands, and in the cloud, was about to change something for Tunisia and beyond", Tunisian activist Sami Ben Gharbia said in 2013, in a blog post paying tribute to Manning. As I rebuild my life, I remind myself not to relive the past. "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world".

After leaving Fort Leavenworth, a military prison in Kansas, Manning has clearly been making the most of her freedom - posting a picture of herself enjoying a slice of pizza. After not receiving answers from The Washington Post and The New York Times, Manning sent the documents to WikiLeaks.

"She's going to live in a country where the top officials have expressed extreme denunciations of her, condemnations of her, who regard her as a traitor", he said.

Former US president Barack Obama had commuted the final 28 years of Manning's 35-year sentence. She also said she released information that she didn't believe would harm the USA, but critics said the leaks endangered information sources.

"I am Chelsea Manning". "Chelsea Manning's treachery put American lives at riskand exposed some of our nation's most sensitive secrets", Ryan responded to the news of Manning's sentence commutation. "Though only a small step in a long legal fight, my co-counsel, Vincent Ward, Captain Dave Hammond, and I are thrilled that Chelsea will be respected as the woman she is in all legal filings", said Nancy Hollander, Lead Counsel.

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