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WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning freed from prison

19 May 2017

She used her military access to leak over 750,000 documents to WikiLeaks, defending her action as an attempt to start a conversation about what she viewed as compromising USA tactics and intervention.

Chelsea Manning, the USA soldier who contributed to one of the largest leaks of classified information in US history, walked free from prison on Wednesday, May 17.

Chelsea Manning, former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks and sentenced to 35 years in jail.

As a prisoner at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, she had to conform to male grooming standards before her 3 a.m. ET release.

Without Obama's parting gift, Manning, who served as an intelligence official in Iraq, would have remained behind bars until 2045, after serving a 35-year sentence. The lawsuit claims Manning is at a high risk of self-castration and suicide unless she receives more focused treatment for gender dysphoria, and that she is getting psychotherapy from a mental health specialist who lacks the qualifications to treat gender dysphoria.

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Though she still needs to navigate the legal process, Manning's "priority is living her life in the civilian world and taking care of her own needs". "Now hunting for private #healthcare like millions of Americans". She even began a hunger strike in order to protest against the harsh conditions in which she was held.

"For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea", Manning said in a statement released by her lawyers last week. After his conviction, Bradley stated he would continue his life as Chelsea E. Manning.

"After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived", she said in a statement reported by CNN.

Manning's defense team is intent on protecting her. Notably, the files she leaked contained information about thousands of civilian deaths that the government had kept secret, and showed that the USA government did not properly investigate claims of abuse against Iraqi soldiers and police.

She will now assist with a documentary about her life. Organized by Evan Greer, a transgender activist and friend of Manning's, the album is available here. She was supposed to serve a sentence that would have kept her in prison until 2045.

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She also said she released information that she didn't believe would harm the United States, but critics said the leaks endangered information sources. "I have never made any excuses for what I did", Manning wrote in her petition in November to have her sentence commuted. Manning, who will turn 30 in December, has appealed.

She is also still employed by the army, and retains its insurance coverage.

"And for her to be coming out and to be going back on active duty, I think that's really outrageous".

Manning's leak also led to "Cablegate", in which 251,287 diplomatic cables set by the U.S. State Department were published.

"One disturbing thing is just how few people leaked", Madar said.

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