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One Day After Release, Chelsea Manning Posts First Picture Of Her As A Woman

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Just one day after her release from military prison, Chelsea Manning posted her first photo of her new look as a woman, on Twitter and Instagram.

The Photo

Chelsea Manning took to Twitter and Instagram to post a photo of her new look as a woman, just one day after being released from military prison. Her caption reads: “Okay, so here I am everyone!”

Manning On Her Transition

Before her release on Wednesday, she said in a statement to ABC news: “I appreciate the wonderful support that I have received from so many people across the world over these past years. As I rebuild my life, I remind myself not to relive the past. The past will always affect me and I will keep that in mind while remembering that how it played out is only my starting point, not my final destination.”

Manning’s Story

Manning is a transgender US Army soldier, who was in prison for seven years at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after she released around 750,000 documents to WikiLeaks and was subsequently convicted under the Espionage and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts, and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The information she released showed low-level battlefield reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan war, providing evidence that there were civilian deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan as well as Guantanamo prison camp detainee profiles and US diplomatic correspondence.

At the time of the sentencing, Manning was a 22-year-old Army private- Bradley Manning. Her imprisonment was longer than any whistle blower in the history of the US.

Manning then came out as transgender on August 22, 2013. The military refused to provide her with treatment for gender dysphoria. After filing a lawsuit she was able to get the treatment she needed in February 2015.

Manning was also kept in solitary confinement for almost a year until any formal charges were brought against her. In her letter to President Obama, she said: “it was a humiliating and degrading experience- one that altered my mind body and spirit,” she said.

“I have since been placed in solitary confinement as a disciplinary measure for an attempted suicide despite a growing effort- led by the President of the United States- to stop the use of solitary confinement for any purpose.”