Chelsea Manning has been released

Former army analyst Chelsea (aka Bradley) Manning has been released. A U.S. judge in Alexandria ordered that because “her testimony is no longer needed.” Earlier this week, according to her lawyers, Manning attempted suicide, but it failed.

Manning has been detained since May last year for refusing to testify in a lawsuit against whistleblower site founder WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange. The whistleblower, who lived as a man before her gender reassignment surgery and was called Bradley by her first name, had provided WikiLeaks with hundreds of thousands of classified military documents in 2010. These include US military operations and war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Manning had also been detained for seven years because of the leakage of the documents to WikiLeaks. She had actually been sentenced to 35 years in prison, but had previously been released by President Barack Obama.

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