Chelsea Manning, a private first class soldier in the US Army who leaked more than 700,000 military intelligence reports and documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, was released from military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on Wednesday.
Manning was released from United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas around 3 a.m. ET, Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson told CNN.
Manning, 29, was originally sentenced to 35 years but had her sentence commuted by then-president Barack Obama in January 2016. "And other people have gone to prison for a lot less than that and stayed in".
"I feel very comfortable that justice has been served", Obama added.
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In 2010, Bradley E. Manning was arrested after leaking a huge number of classified documents.
While numerous cables were published with the names of sources removed, WikiLeaks eventually published a portion of the documents without redactions. No press conference is planned and media massed at the military installation caught no glimpse of Manning as she was released.
Manning also will be able to live where she wants. He was convicted of several violations of the Espionage Act.
She defended the leaking by saying she had wanted to spark a public debate in the U.S. about the role of the military and USA foreign policy, but later apologised for "hurting the US", saying she had mistakenly believed she could "change the world for the better".
August 21, 2013: Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison. 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.
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"Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review", said Foster, the Army spokesman. I am looking forward to so much!
Manning's clemency application to Obama maintained his belief that he was unfairly sentenced to such a long period in prison, saying, "I have never made any excuses for what I did".
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At the time of the commutation, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said there were major differences between Manning's case and that of another well-known leaker, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden, who was charged with espionage and theft of government property, now resides in Russian Federation, where he was granted asylum.
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