Chelsea Manning set for release next week

U.S. Army shows Pfc. Chelsea Manning wearing a wig and lipstick. Manning a transgender soldier imprisoned for releasing classified military information issued a statement Tuesday

"For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea".

Manning, who was sentenced by a court-martial to a 35-year prison term for espionage and theft in 2013, had her sentence commuted in January by outgoing president Barack Obama.

"I hope to take the lessons that I have learned, the love that I have been given, and the hope that I have to work toward making life better for others", she added, giving thanks for her upcoming release.

Manning, an Army private and intelligence analyst whose release of classified materials to the website WikiLeaks sparked a worldwide debate over the status of whistle-blowers and transparency in the military, had most of her 35-year prison sentence commuted in January by President Obama. She was known as Bradley Manning before transitioning in prison. The legal team will provide updates following her release but will not be responding to inquiries directly during the week of the 15th.

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Manning, who is transgender, was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified information about US national security activities that were later disclosed by WikiLeaks. "Now, freedom is something that I will again experience with friends and loved ones after almost seven years of bars and cement, of periods of solitary confinement, and of my healthcare and autonomy restricted, including through routinely forced haircuts", she said.

The US army charged Manning with 22 counts relating to the unauthorised possession and distribution of more than 700,000 secret diplomatic and military documents and videos. Manning was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

The leaks, some of the largest in American history, were embarrassing to officials in Washington and USA embassies overseas - and a powerful window into how the United States waged diplomacy and war after September 11.

But critics said the leaks endangered information sources, prompting the State Department to help some of those people move to protect their safety.

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Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, the attorneys representing Manning in clemency and appellate cases, called Manning's long sentence "draconian". Several ambassadors were recalled, expelled or reassigned because of embarrassing disclosures.

Chelsea Manning is arrested in Iraq for disclosing information to Wikileaks that was ultimately published by The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel.

Her attorneys said Manning was subjected to violence in prison and argued the military mistreated her by requiring her to serve her sentence in an all-male prison, restricting her physical and mental health care, and not allowing her to wear a feminine-style haircut.

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