Manning Expresses Gratitude to Supporters as Whistleblower Released From Prison

Chelsea Manning released from prison

Chelsea Manning released from prison

"We knew that what we had in our hands, and in the cloud, was about to change something for Tunisia and beyond", Tunisian activist Sami Ben Gharbia said in 2013, in a blog post paying tribute to Manning.

Chelsea Manning left a military prison in Ft.

July 10, 2010: Manning is charged with multiple counts of mishandling classified data and putting national security at risk.

Chase Strangeo, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, said: "Chelsea Manning is just this exceptional human being who continued to see the goodness even in the face of awful evidence to the contrary".

According to The New York Times, the military charged Manning with "aiding the enemy", which was based on the theory that providing information to the public is the same as providing info to Al Qaeda.

However, not everyone had positive things to say on Manning's release. It was not immediately clear how that would be affected by the Defense Department and Army restrictions.

Although transgender people still complain of widespread discrimination in education, employment and medical care, awareness of the issue has exploded since Manning went to jail.

June 3, 2013: Court martial trial begins. She is appealing her conviction.

August 21, 2013: Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison. On Monday, Tomi Lahren, the former star of Glen Beck's The Blaze, published a video focused on "Chelsea Bradley Manning taking advantage of military benefits and hormone treatments".

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who is friends with Manning and also played a role in publishing leaks from famous whistleblower Edward Snowden, tells the BBC that Manning will likely face a number of challenges now that she's out of prison.

Over the years, Manning, who has a Twitter account run by her supporters, has been vocal about her own imprisonment, gender transition, and current events. Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said this means Manning can wear her preferred civilian clothing, including women's attire, while on excess leave.

Ms Manning, then Bradley, was apprehended in Baghdad by United States officials in 2010 and spent over 1,200 days in military custody which were removed from her sentence upon her conviction in 2013.

As one of his final actions as commander-in-chief, Barack Obama shortened her sentence - one of 1,715 commutations and 212 pardons granted by him during his term.

Chase Strangio, a transgender advocate and staff attorney with the ACLU, said in a statement that Manning demonstrated "strength and heroism" through her struggles in prison.

Manning said at the time that she had hoped to spark "worldwide discussion, debates and reforms" with the information, bringing to light what she saw as an unfair portrayal of the USA wars.

Her second suicide attempt came after Manning was sent to solitary confinement as punishment for her first suicide attempt, her lawyers said at the time.