BREAKING: Chelsea Manning has been released from prison:
After serving seven years of what was originally a 35-year sentence, Chelsea Manning has officially been released from prison.
She was serving time for leaking documents to Wikileaks, but President Obama commuted her sentence in one of his final acts as president.
According to those closest to her, Manning is just as excited about what comes next in her life as she is nervous about what her future as a trans woman in America holds.
“Chelsea has been robbed of that right to have any semblance of control over her image,” said Evan Greer, a close friend of Manning who has a weekly phone call with her, “I can say myself, as a trans person, those basic things like how I wear my hair and how I present myself are a huge part of how I define myself.”
According to a GoFundMe page created by Chase Strangio, one of Manning’s lawyers, she will head home to Maryland to be with her family after she leaves Fort Leavenworth.
Welcome home, Chelsea.