Convicted Soldier Chelsea Manning Will Stay on Active Duty

17 May, 2017, 08:03 | Author: Jonathon Greene
  • Chelsea Manning to remain on active duty, receive health care after prison release

Manning was found guilty of leaking 700,000 documents, diplomatic cables, videos and battlefield accounts to Wikileaks while working in Iraq in 2010.

"Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review", said Foster.

"This is an incredible thing, but I think it's important for us who are watching her and looking to her to remember she's going to be experiencing a range of emotions as she tries to navigate a world that's not familiar to her", Strangio said. "Freedom used to be something that I dreamed of but never allowed myself to fully imagine.I am forever grateful to the people who kept me alive, President Obama, my legal team and countless supporters".

Her lawyer said that she was forced to live as a man, faced long periods of solitary confinement, and attempted suicide twice.

The Army didn't release any further terms of Manning's release.

President Donald Trump was a vocal opponent of Manning's release, calling her a "traitor" in a January tweet. If the appeal is unsuccessful, Manning will lose all her benefits and face a discharge from her duties. "Time, trauma, and survival have changed her and changed all of us".

It's hardly surprising that Chelsea Manning would want, and even need, to exit prison and return to life on the outside quietly.

Susan Manning said she is "delighted" her daughter, 29, will eventually be free to fulfil her aspirations, although she has concerns over how she will fare outside prison.

Incarcerated as a male named Bradley Manning, Chelsea announced in 2013 that she would begin transitioning to a female. We went back and forth, compiling and agreeing a script she was happy with, that she felt told the story of who Chelsea Manning was.

In a statement her family said Manning had endured "seven years' loss of liberty for her whistleblowing actions while those whose wrongdoing she exposed have gone unpunished". It is unclear to which Army post she will report. She served almost seven years of her 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth.

Chelsea Manning will be released from a military prison on May 17. Delays in her treatment "were breaking her, and they likely would have killed her", Chase Strangio, an attorney with the ACLU's LGBT & AIDS Project, said in a statement.

Manning, whose father is American, was born in Oklahoma but moved to Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, just before she turned 14 in 2001 following her parents' divorce.

A recent photo of Private Chelsea Manning that she chose for use in a GoFundMe campaign to "capture the reality of her prison life".

"It's a surreal feeling to have gotten to know someone so well". She had also been informed that she was eligible for sex reassignment surgery to be paid for by the government.



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