Chelsea Manning To Be Released Wednesday, Claims Abuse In Prison

Chelsea Manning, the soldier convicted in 2013 of illegally disclosing classified government information, will remain on active duty in a special status after her scheduled release from prison Wednesday, the Army said Tuesday.

When she's finally free, the transgender soldier and leaker of national security secrets will remain an active duty - albeit unpaid - soldier, still eligible for health insurance and other benefits.

President Barack Obama granted Manning clemency in his final days in office in January.

"I think that it is great that Chelsea Manning is going to be able to live her life authentically and she should most definitely be allowed to do so, but that does not excuse past behaviors that put lives at risk and put her into prison in the first place", Angelo said.

Chelsea Manning will be released from a military prison on May 17. "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world".

According to CNN, Manning tweeted her release last week: "Freedom was only a dream, and hard to imagine".

In August 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years for leaking almost a million classified or sensitive documents to Wikileaks.

Her lawyer, Chase Strangio, added in the ACLU statement that Manning had been abused at Leavenworth but did not specify the type of abuse.

On the day of Chelsea Manning's historic release from prison, a new documentary about the famed whistle-blower has been unveiled.

Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, announced after her conviction that she was in fact a woman. "It's so wonderful that she is being released and can fully share herself with the world".

While Manning was in prison, the U.S. Defense Department previous year lifted a long-standing ban against transgender men and women serving openly in the military.

While in prison, Manning went on a hunger strike to demand sex change surgery, which officials eventually granted at the cost of American taxpayers.

"To ensure the privacy and security of Inmate Manning, no further information concerning the release will be provided", US Army spokesman Dave Foster said in a statement. This is possible because her conviction is being appealed at the moment.

Evan Greer, a trans activist who serves as campaign director for the advocacy group Fight For The Future, has told Vocativ she had been contacting Manning by phone once a week for the past several years. Chelsea attempted to take her own life twice over the last year of her incarceration, after years of abuse and harassment at the hands of the USA government. More than 100,000 people had called for the presidential commutation in a White House online petition. Manning will be released from a military prison at Fort Leavenworth. This transition is certain to speed up outside a prison environment Manning said denied her "right to exist".

Over the course of his presidency, Obama commuted the sentences of 1,385 criminals and granted a total of 212 pardons, majority guilty of drug-related crimes.

  • Larry Hoffman