Soldier Chelsea Manning to be released from prison next week

Soldier Chelsea Manning to be released from prison next week

Chelsea Manning is to be released next week (Stock image)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks during the Iraq war, is to be released next week.

In 2013 the whistleblower, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was sentenced to 35 years in prison due to the leak, but Barack Obama commuted her sentence in his last few days of office, TNW reported.

The documents she leaked included a classified video entitled Collateral Murder, which is thought to show the US military firing at civilians in New Baghdad, including two Reuters staffers.

Representatives for Manning have not confirmed her release date, but a statement made by the White House in January claimed it would be May 17.

A message has been posted on her Twitter profile which reads: “Freedom was only a dream, and hard to imagine. Now it’s here! You kept me alive."

During her time in jail she took part in a hunger strike in a protest against the conditions at Fort Leavenworth prison.

Reports have also claimed that she attempted to commit suicide several times whilst serving her sentence.