CITY, Mo. - Army Pvt. After the sentencing, Manning changed her name to Chelsea and identified herself as a transgender.
She hopes to reside in the Washington area, the attorney said, explaining her supporters there will be vital, not only to her transition to civilian life but also to her transition to living openly as a transgender woman.
Manning was released Wednesday from a lockup at Kansas' Fort Leavenworth.
Manning had to serve her sentence in an all-male military prison despite a request to transfer to a civilian prison.
"When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty for others", Manning said after her sentencing in a lettersent to then President Barack Obama. Her contact there, Adrian Lamo, reported Manning to Army Counterintelligence, which lead to her arrest in 2010.
Seven months from today, the former soldier turns 30; the USA military she served meanwhile remains locked in some of the same battles.
"For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea", Manning said in a recent statement. The first is of her "f$3 irst steps of freedom!".
Thanks to the work of the American Civil Liberties Union on her behalf, the military began to provide Manning with cross-sex hormones. Those charges included six Espionage Act violations, theft, and computer fraud. Before he left office, President Obama shortened the sentence to about seven years.
More recently, WikiLeakspublished Democratic National Committee emails in the weeks leading up to the November 8 US presidential election.
Chelsea Manning, the USA soldier who contributed to one of the largest leaks of classified information in US history, walked free from prison on Wednesday, May 17.
Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith says The transgender soldier was released from Fort Leavenworth on Wednesday.
"When the Obama administration was preparing to grant Manning clemency, they drew the distinction that Manning had faced trial, that Manning had expressed some degree of contrition".
February 23, 2012: Manning declines to enter a plea to 22 charges, including aiding the enemy, at an arraignment at Fort Meade near Baltimore.
After the conviction, Manning proved to be a thorn in the side of the Obama administration, which earned a firestorm of protest in asking for a 60-year sentence, and because Manning was tortured while in custody at Marine Corps Base Quantico.