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Chelsea Manning is Free
Chelsea Manning, who exposed American war crimes in Iraq, as she was required to do by the Nuremberg Principles when a member of the US military, is free. She was released at 2 a.m. Central Time from Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas.
It was the support of millions of people around the world, including thousands marching in Chelsea Manning Contingents at Gay Pride parades, that made this victory possible.
For more information, see https://www.aclu.org/news/chelsea-manning-legal-team-confirm-mannings-safe-release-prison
Victory, victory is our cry! The class struggle is the reason why!
May 17, 2017
NEW YORK — Chelsea Manning was safely released today from U.S. military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Manning released the following statement upon her release:
“After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived. I am looking forward to so much! Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past. I’m figuring things out right now – which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me.”
The whistleblower released her first photo as a free woman on her Twitter page, @xychelsea and on Instagram at @xychelsea87.
Chase Strangio, staff attorney with the ACLU, had the following reaction:
“It is incredible to witness Chelsea Manning's freedom after having seen and worked with her behind bars for four years. We can all finally truly celebrate the strength and heroism she has shown in surviving and sharing her truth and life with all of us. Through extended periods of solitary confinement and up against the government's insistence on denying her medical care and existence as a woman, Chelsea has emerged with grace, resilience, and an inspiring amount of love for others. I am humbled to fight alongside such a fierce advocate for justice.”
Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, Manning's clemency and appellate lawyers, said in a joint statement:
“We are able to confirm that Chelsea Manning has been released safely from military prison. Thank you to everyone for ensuring her safe release and respecting her privacy as she starts to adjust to life outside of prison and rebuild her life following seven years of confinement. Chelsea has expressed her deep appreciation to her supporters and looks forward to the future.”