Chelsea Manning, the United States Army private originally sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, who then spent seven years behind bars before being granted clemency by outgoing President Barack Obama in January, will walk free Wednesday, officially released from her stay at a federal penitentiary, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
As a 22-year-old based in Iraq — who at the time went by the name Bradley Manning — she accessed a computer system and illegally shared over pieces of 750,000 secret military and diplomatic dispatches.
This from the Detroit Free-Press:
While Manning’s court-martial conviction remains under appeal, she will remain a private in the Army, said Dave Foster, an Army spokesman. As an active duty soldier, Manning will continue to receive health care and have access to commissaries and military exchanges, but she will not be paid.
“Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review,” Foster said.
The Army refused to disclose the other terms of Manning’s release, six years before her eligibility for parole, citing privacy concerns.
The Army will assign Manning to a post, although which one hasn’t yet been publicly specified.
If the ongoing appeal regarding her initial conviction (the Obama commutation didn’t erase everything) is denied she will be dishonorably discharged from the military and access to benefits (healthcare and otherwise) will be revoked.
UPDATE: Manning tweeted this on Wednesday morning …
— Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) May 17, 2017