Earlier in the day, Manning has been released after seven years in prison.
While in prison, Manning has had to transition as a woman in a male military facility. I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world.
The Army said that while Manning is being assigned to Oklahoma's Fort Sill, she doesn't need to report for duty there, meaning she has discretion about where she lives. Now, freedom is something that I will again experience with friends and loved ones after almost seven years of bars and cement, of periods of solitary confinement, and of my health care and autonomy restricted, including through routinely forced haircuts.
"It's going to be Chelsea telling us what her future will look like", Strangio said.
Minutes later, she tweeted a photo of her feet in tennis shoes, with the caption: "First steps of freedom!"
The US Army has previously confirmed Manning will remain an active duty soldier, although in an unpaid status.
Among the records Manning has admitted to passing on to WikiLeaks was a video showing a 2007 U.S. Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed 11 men and 750,000 classified documents that contained military and diplomatic dispatches.
By now, even the military has abandoned Trump's claim that Manning betrayed the United States.
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Maj. Ashden Fein, the lead prosecutor in Manning's court-martial, called this verdict a "just result" in a 2015 interview with Courthouse News, his first since the Manning trial's conclusion.
Manning's attorneys Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward agreed.
"Chelsea is still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice", said Combs.
Manning, who twice attempted to commit suicide during her incarceration at Fort Leavenworth, was the unlikely source of disclosures that rocked the U.S. government. The money will be deposited into her bank account upon her release, according to the account.
"Three years ago I requested a pardon related to my conviction for disclosing classified and other sensitive information to the media out of concern for my country, the innocent civilians whose lives were lost as a result of war, and in support of two values that our country holds dear-transparency and public accountability", Manning wrote in a 6-page letter to Obama.
More recently, WikiLeaks published Democratic National Committee emails in the weeks leading up to the November 8 US presidential election. She twice tried to commit suicide and faced long stretches of solitary confinement as well as denial of healthcare, Strangio said.
"Part of the reason that the White House justified granting her clemency was because it was so much longer than other recent leak sentences".
"It's going be a process for her to heal and begin to live her free life with more autonomy over her gender and her decisions and vision for the future". Over the following seven years, Manning was forced to fight legal battles to change her name and obtain basic medical care, such as hormone replacement therapy.