Political prisoner Chelsea Manning speaks out ahead of release

Source: US News & World Report

“A transgender soldier has issued her first statement since former President Barack Obama commuted her 35-year prison sentence for [embarrassing Washington by leaking intelligence on American war crimes], saying on Tuesday she wants to help others after her release from prison next week. … ‘For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea. I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world,’ Manning said in a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union. ‘I hope to take the lessons that I have learned, the love that I have been given, and the hope that I have to work toward making life better for others,’ she added, giving thanks for her upcoming release.” (05/09/17)