Chelsea Manning has walked out of a USA military prison, seven years after being arrested for passing secrets to WikiLeaks in the largest breach of classified information in United States history.
Manning gave the files to WikiLeaks in 2010; the US was not in a declared war at that time.
The former military intelligence analyst, then known as Private First Class Bradley Manning, was convicted of providing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks, an worldwide organisation that publishes such information from anonymous sources.
A significant cache of documents, 91,731 in total, leaked by Manning were published by WikiLeaks and news outlets including the New York Times, the Guardian and German newspaper Der Spiegel. Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier convicted of giving classified government materials to WikiLeaks.
Manning’s immediate plans, including living arrangements, remained unclear.
September 1, 2010: Manning’s civilian attorney, David E. Coombs, says his client under psychiatric care and undergoing tests amid concern that Manning is suicidal. Manning said in the confession that the motivations for betraying United States secrets involved human rights and opposition to the way the wars were carried out.
April 20, 2011: Manning is transferred from Quantico to an Army prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and is allowed to live with other inmates.
February 3, 2012: Military District of Washington commander Maj. She was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.
Manning was convicted under the Espionage Act, a World War I era law that was meant to stop people from supporting enemies of the USA during wartime.
August 21, 2013: Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison.
She made even bigger headlines, though, when she began transitioning while in prison. She was allowed access to gender assignment surgery in 2016 only after a hunger strike, and was widely celebrated by the trans community for her fight for better treatment and recognition of her trans status while in prison.
Obama also noted that, unlike Edward Snowden, Manning had faced trial and expressed contrition for what she had done. She will not be paid but will receive healthcare benefits.
Pulse Films announced the film at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, the same day that Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas.
In a statement to ABC News, Manning said she appreciated the support she had received from people all over the world.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama granted Manning Clemency in his final days in office in January.
Manning was arrested by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division on May 27, 2010 and accused of 22 charges, including violating articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Espionage Act.