Chelsea Manning, a timeline of turmoil
- Author: Leroy Wright May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 15:25
The film, "XY Chelsea", by director Tim Travers Hawkins and co-produced by Oscar victor Laura Poitras, will start filming with Manning later Wednesday "as she walks free and begins to tell her story", Pulse said in a statement. "First steps of freedom!" In 2010, Manning leaked an impressive number of documents detailing the way the US military and government violated the rights of many.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a target of criminal investigations in Sweden and the United States, had promised to accept extradition if Manning was freed.
Her departure from Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas was confirmed by a spokesperson for the US Army to the BBC. We recall that former US President Barack Obama had reduced his sentence, which has prompted the reaction of Republicans who thought this action did not help to prevent future leakage.
In a statement, Manning said she is looking to what lies ahead, as that is "far more important than the past".
"Chelsea Manning's story is one of the major events of our time", the filmmakers said as they announced the project at the opening of the Cannes film festival, the same day that Manning was released. Manning, who was known as Bradley Manning before transitioning, was convicted in 2013 of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations.
Last year, the U.S. Defense Department lifted a long-standing ban against transgender men and women serving openly in the military. She will have healthcare benefits but will be unpaid, the army says. The Pentagon estimated it affected 7,000 active-duty and reserve personnel. She twice attempted suicide previous year as she struggled with gender dysphoria, a state of severe distress over her transitioning. Transgender celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox have become part of the mainstream.
"The past will always affect me, and I will keep that in mind while remembering that how it played out is only my starting point - not my final destination", the statement said. Obama called her initial sentence "unduly harsh".
Manning said she leaked the military and diplomatic files to spark a debate on the role of the USA military and foreign policy.
In a statement last week her first public comments since Obama wiped away her remaining sentence Manning thanked him and said letters of support from veterans and fellow transgender people inspired her "to work toward making life better for others".
"This is the kind of information we the people should have in order to make decisions about our leaders and who should be in office", said Henry Stoever, 68, a retired lawyer and leader of the group.
The woman behind one of the greatest classified information leaks in USA history is now free. She was arrested shortly after turning over the trove of secret documents to WikiLeaks in 2010.
The U.S. Army says Pvt. US intelligence agencies have concluded the email accounts were hacked by Russian intelligence as part of a campaign by Moscow to influence the election.