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18 May 2017 - Chelsea Manning released after 7 years in military prison

Chelsea Manning Leaves Prison, Closing an Extraordinary Leak Case
Charlie Savage (The New York Times, 17/05/2017)

Chelsea Manning walked freely out of the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Wednesday, bringing to a close one of the most extraordinary criminal cases in American history over the leaking of government secrets to the public.

Sentenced to an unprecedented 35-year prison term for disclosing archives of secret files to WikiLeaks, Ms. Manning spent about seven years in prison — already double the second-longest sentence in any leak case. She was freed 28 years early because President Barack Obama, in one of his final acts, commuted the bulk of her remaining sentence.

Army Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson confirmed that Ms. Manning was released, but both the military and her legal team, seeking to avoid a media circus, disclosed few details about her release and immediate plans. The military would not permit reporters to wait near the gate to the prison barracks complex.

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Commuted Sentence
 
Chelsea Manning, who gave trove of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks, leaves prison
Sandhya Somashekhar (The Washington Post, 17/05/2017)
 
Chelsea Manning, a transgender Army private whose lengthy prison sentence for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks was commuted by President Obama, was released from a military prison Wednesday.

Few details were disclosed about her release from Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, but an online fundraising site set up by supporters says she is headed to Maryland. Backers have raised more than $152,000 for housing and other essentials and to assist her with her reentry into society after seven years in prison.

Army officials, who said the scant details are for Manning’s safety and privacy, said she technically will remain on active duty — but will be on leave — as she pursues an appeal of her court-martial conviction and 35-year prison sentence. That means she will not be paid but will be eligible for benefits, including health care, during that time.

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A Different World

Chelsea Manning Is a Free Woman: What Now?
Matt Baume (RollingStone, 17/05/2017)

This morning, at 2 a.m. central time, Chelsea Manning walked out of a Kansas prison to begin her life as a free woman at the age of 29.

As one of his last acts in office, President Obama commuted Manning's sentence, leaving her with just four months to serve instead of 35 years. Now, she's finally re-entering a world that has transformed since she last saw it – but the form that her life will take is impossible to predict.

From a tiny cell in Kansas, Chelsea Manning has come to represent a wide range of issues to a wide range of people. Some look to her as a transgender role model; others might see her as a courageous whistleblower, or as a threat to our national security. In the 10 years since she enlisted in the Army as a closeted trans woman, American attitudes toward gender have radically shifted, in part because of her actions.

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Active Duty

Chelsea Manning to remain on active duty, receive health care after prison release
Tom Vanden Brook (USA Today, 17/05/2017)

Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier and convicted national security secret leaker, will remain an active-duty, unpaid soldier, eligible for health care and other benefits, following her scheduled release May 17 from military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, according to the Army.

Manning entered prison as a man named Bradley. Manning changed her name, identified as a woman and received hormone treatment while incarcerated. Her sentence was commuted in the final days of the Obama administration, a move that infuriated some in the military and President Trump.

While Manning’s court-martial conviction remains under appeal, she will remain a private in the Army, said Dave Foster, an Army spokesman. As an active duty soldier, Manning will continue to receive health care and have access to commissaries and military exchanges, but she will not be paid.

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