Manning has attire discretion under Army status

Manning has attire discretion under Army status

Manning has attire discretion under Army status

"After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived", Manning said in a statement following her release. She looks forward to surviving and living her life in the outside world. "Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past".

"First steps of freedom!", the 29-year-old wrote, accompanied by a picture of her shoes - which was also posted to Twitter.

Manning has served more time in prison than anyone else in US history convicted of leaking classified information.

Days after Manning was sentenced, she came out as transgender on August 22, 2013.

Among the material from her was a 2007 gunsight video of a US Apache helicopter firing at suspected insurgents in Iraq, killing a dozen people, including two Reuters news staffers. Her sentence was commuted earlier this year by former President Barack Obama just three days before he left office.

"After so many years of government control over her body and gender, I know she [Manning] is eager to grow her hair, express her gender and negotiate decisions on her own terms", said Stranglio.

Included in those files was video footage of an Apache helicopter killing 12 civilians in Baghdad in 2007, and many sensitive messages between USA diplomats. Manning added, though, that she didn't plan for the released documents to harm the U.S.in any way.

Chelsea Manning is a free woman.

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Manning attempted suicide twice during her seven years in prison, and had to spend time in confinement after one of them.

A native of Crescent, Oklahoma, she was convicted in a military court-martial of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud.

The soldier was actually born Bradley Manning, but revealed after being sentenced to prison that she always felt like a woman and wanted to live her life as Chelsea rather than Bradley. She will not be paid but will receive healthcare benefits.

Media crews wait outside US Army facility Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Manning said in 2014 that she disclosed the classified information to expose truths about the civil war in Iraq "out of a love for my country".

Manning claimed she had to endure cruel circumstances while incarcerated, which led to her trying to commit suicide twice previous year. She even began a hunger strike in order to protest against the harsh conditions in which she was held.

However, not everyone had positive things to say on Manning's release.

According to Hammond, Manning is "in the middle of her appeal, she is still very much in the Army, on active duty, subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice".

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