Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Chelsea Manning to participate in documentary about her

Chelsea Manning to participate in documentary about her

Chelsea Manning, the transgender woman who spent seven years behind bars for leaking government secrets - more time than any other US citizen in the nation's history - walked out of the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Wednesday a free woman.

In January, then-President Obama commuted Manning's 35-year prison sentence after she requested clemency.

Manning was convicted of providing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks, an global organization that publishes such information from anonymous sources, while she was an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

Chelsea Manning - whistleblower, former U.S. Army intelligence analyst, transgender icon - was just released from prison 28 years ahead of schedule.

Her lawyer earlier said she was excited but likely to be "anxious".

The first footage from a new documentary that will follow Chelsea Manning as she walks free from a maximum security military prison will be unveiled to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Regardless, I believed it was imperative to find a creative way to engage with her life and story".

She will remain an unpaid, active duty soldier following her release.

Chelsea Manning has been released from prison after being convicted of passing classified information to WikiLeaks.

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Manning "has been released from the United States Disciplinary Barracks" at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said in a brief statement.

Chelsea Manning was convicted for a 2010 US intelligence leak that exposed information about the nation's military and diplomacy efforts.

She has indicated she plans to move to Maryland.

Manning, a native of Crescent, Oklahoma, was convicted in a military court martial of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

Pulse Films announced Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival in France that Manning would be the focus of a documentary titled "XY Chelsea" and that she had granted filmmakers "unprecedented access". If that appeal is denied, she could be dishonourably discharged from the US Army.

On Jan. 17, 2017, Hollander was in her office when she got a call from Obama's counsel at the White House: "He asked if I was Chelsea Manning's lawyer and I said yes".

But Manning, whom Greer considers a personal friend after speaking with her over the phone nearly every week, is "an incredibly driven person and I would expect that we will be hearing from her in her own voice", Greer said.

President Donald Trump, days before being inaugurated, wrote on Twitter that Manning is "TRAITOR. who should never have been released from prison". Several ambassadors were recalled, expelled or reassigned because of embarrassing disclosures.

Manning's ACLU attorney and transgender advocate, Chase Strangio, told NBC News that the current focus is on "building her life" once she steps out of prison. She would like war crimes to be punished and for those who commit them or make them possible to be held accountable.

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