Chelsea Manning: Free to Be Trans Celeb a la Caitlyn Jenner?
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 11:54
"After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived", Manning said in a statement provided by the American Civil Liberties Union. She looks forward to surviving and living her life in the outside world.
Friends and family have organised a campaign to raise funds for Manning on her release, which has so far collected more than US$147,000 (€132,242).
"I'm figuring things out right now-which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me", she added.
Manning was arrested by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division on May 27, 2010 and accused of 22 charges, including violating articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Espionage Act. You make anything possible! https://t.co/HCNztVIZg7 @POTUS #timeserved pic.twitter.com/lZi0Me66sK - Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) December 8, 2016 Chelsea Manning also leaked classified documents related to detainees at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay and some 250,000 State Department cables. On Instagram, she has posted some of her first moments post-release, which comes a result of former President Barack Obama who commuted most of her 35-year sentence, which was imposed in 2013.
Manning came out as a transgender woman in prison. The Army said Tuesday that Manning would remain on active duty in a special, unpaid status that will legally entitle her to taxpayer-funded military medical care. She served seven years out of 35 and on Wednesday, she finally walked free. She'll receive healthcare from the military, but won't be paid.
Manning's leak made WikiLeaks an internationally known entity and brought to light classified information pertaining to the Iraq War. As well, Chelsea was placed in a male military prison despite being a transgender woman. Manning was caught after contacting Adrian Lamo, a former hacker convicted in 2004.
She revealed previously unknown killings of civilian bystanders in Iraq and Afghanistan, classified intelligence assessments of Guantanamo detainees, revelations that the us failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse by Iraqi police and soldiers, and blunt diplomatic assessments of USA allies and adversaries.
Now free, Manning has indicated she will move to Maryland. Chelsea, who was working in Iraq as an intelligence analyst when she leaked the information, explained that she wanted to start a serious, public conversation about the U.S. military and U.S. foreign policy, but she failed to convince the military court. The Army also initially refused to grant her gender reassignment surgery, but reversed its decision in September after she underwent a hunger strike.