Chelsea Manning set for release next week

Trevor Jackson
May 10, 2017

Chelsea Manning - the Army intelligence soldier who vaulted Wikileaks to notoriety after leaking nearly three-quarters of a million classified US war reports and diplomatic cables to the stateless website - will be released from the military prison at Ft.

"I am excited to continue to know her and work with her while she is a free woman", Hollande said Tuesday. In prison, Manning's longstanding struggles with depression continued; she attempted suicide on several occasions, prompting authorities at Leavenworth to gig her for misconduct and place her in solitary confinement, a move her attorneys protested as cruel and unusual.

Manning twice attempted suicide in jail, where she was often kept in solitary confinement after being sentenced in 2013 for passing more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, which released them in collaboration with worldwide news organizations.

At his last press conference before leaving office in January, Obama was asked tough questions about his decision to commute Manning's sentence.

Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier who was imprisoned for releasing classified military information, expressed gratitude in her first statement since being granted clemency, one week before she is expected to be released. "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world", Manning wrote.

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Manning had served seven years of a 35-year stretch when outgoing president Barack Obama commuted her sentence earlier this year.

Her attorneys said Manning was subjected to violence in prison and argued the military mistreated her by requiring her to serve her sentence in an all-male prison, restricting her physical and mental health care, and not allowing her to wear a feminine-style haircut.

"My spirits were lifted in dark times, reading of their support, sharing in their triumphs, and helping them through challenges of their own", it added. "As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me", she said in a statement announcing the change. It is a remarkable gift to the world that Chelsea will be able to grow and fight alongside us for justice. "Chelsea's past and future work will no doubt be a critical force in moving towards a more just society for everyone".

Chelsea Manning is arrested in Iraq for disclosing information to Wikileaks that was ultimately published by The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel. Members of Chelsea Manning's legal team will be available for interviews between May 9 and May 15. She has been incarcerated in Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, and her case sparked fresh controversy previous year when she was put into an isolation cell as punishment for a suicide attempt.

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