Former Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning was released from jail on Thursday after months in custody for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in Virginia looking into the release of documents to Wikileaks. A Richmond appellate court in April unanimously denied an appeal by Manning. In a motion arguing for her release, Manning wrote she’s refusing to cooperate with the grand jury because it “seeks to undermine the integrity of public discourse with the aim of punishing those who expose … abuses of power by this government.”
Chelsea Manning, the former Army private found guilty of leaking more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks, will run for the Senate in Maryland. Manning will face Maryland’s senior senator and top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, Benjamin L. Cardin. Manning is a transgender woman who has written for publications, including The Guardian.
Michael Morell, ex-Director of the CIA officially resigned from his post as a senior fellow at Harvard after discovering Chelsea Manning was being hired by the University. He was quoted saying, he could not be part of an institution “that honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information”. Harvard revoked their invitation for Manning as a visiting fellow but offered that she is welcome to come in as a speaker.
In the last month of Obama’s term in office, he commuted whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who he thought 7 years in prison for her crimes were enough. The transgendered ex-army Private who was formerly Bradley Manning walked out of prison on Wednesday morning after serving an abbreviated sentence in connection with one of the most notorious leaks of classified documents in U.S. history. Over $150,000 was raised online for her for when she was released so she could survive life outside of prison, and said she is now “looking forward to freedom.”