With less than a month before its planned freedom, Chelsea Manning on Thursday tweeted her thoughts on getting out of the prison after the former President Obama converted her sentence.
You know that you have been in the prison for a while, when the prospect of freedom is unnerving. =|
— Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) April 20, 2017
“You know that you have been in the prison for a while, when the prospect of freedom is nerve-wracking,” she tweeted.
Known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest of Manning came out as transgender after being sentenced to 35 years in an all-male military prison and dishonorably discharged for leaking confidential military documents and video to WikiLeaks.
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She was convicted in a military court of violating the Espionage Act and other offences, and it is already almost seven years behind bars in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
President Obama shortened her sentence before he left office earlier this year. Earlier this week, Manning tweeted, “30 days” with the hashtag “#mondaymotivation.”
Her case pitted the rights of LGBT activists, who warned for her mental health and treatment as a transsexual woman to a man the prison, against the national security hawks who said that they did devastating damage to AMERICAN interests. The former cheered Obama’s move, while the latter called it an outrageous act that is a dangerous precedent.
Under Army rules, she was ruled out of the grow of the hair for a long time locked up, and only after litigation by her legal team, she was approved for hormone therapy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.