Chelsea Manning releases 1st statement since clemency win

Posted May 10, 2017

Chelsea Manning is seen in a 2010 U.S. Army photo. She is due to be released next week from the all- men's jail where she was incarcerated, although a precise date has yet to be given.

The transgender woman formerly served in the US Army as an intelligence analyst.

"Freedom was only a dream, and hard to imagine". She also said letters of support from fellow transgender individuals and veterans inspired her "to work toward making life better for others".

Manning had already served seven years of her sentence when Obama commuted it.

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NEW YORK -Whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be released from US military prison next week after serving a seven-year sentence for disclosing classified information that raised public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. She was known as Bradley Manning before transitioning in prison. "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world", said the 29- year-old, who still identified as male when she was arrested.

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Manning's release would close out a almost decade-long saga surrounding her decision to record State Department communiques and battlefield "significant acts" reports from her classified SIPRNET computer terminal in Iraq and send them to Wikileaks, a then-little-known hacktivist site that published the leaks in 2010, to much media fanfare, as the "Iraq War Logs" and "Afghan War Diary". The legal team will provide updates following her release but will not be responding to inquiries directly during the week of the 15th. After being punished with solitary confinement for the first suicide attempt, Manning tried to commit suicide again in October.

Manning has previously said she released the files in the interests of transparency and accountability.

Manning's 35-year sentence "was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction", according to the New York Times.

Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, the attorneys representing Manning in clemency and appellate cases, called Manning's long sentence "draconian".

She also went on a hunger strike past year, which she ended after the military agreed to provide her with gender transition treatment.