Chelsea Manning released after 7 years in prison

Chelsea Manning was released today after serving seven years in a military prison in Kansas. She was supposed to serve a 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents but former U.S. President Barack Obama pardoned her shortly before he left office.
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Chelsea Manning was released on Wednesday from a Kansas military prison after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence for leaking military documents to Wikileaks.  

The 29-year-old was born Bradley Manning and served as a private in the U.S. Army. In July 2010, she was arrested after it was discovered that she was responsible for the leak of over 700,000 diplomatic and military files, which caused great embarrassment for the U.S. government.    

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Manning was pardoned by former U.S. President Barack Obama shortly before he left office. She was supposed to serve a sentence that would have kept her in prison until 2045. The exact details about her release have been kept secret in order to protect her privacy. She is not planning on holding a press conference.

Manning’s supporters claimed that she attempted to commit suicide many times during her sentence. She even began a hunger strike in order to protest against the harsh conditions in which she was held.



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