Bradley Manning was a transgender U.S. Army intelligence analyst who was given a 35-year prison sentence for passing military secrets to WikiLeaks, in what was described as the largest breach of classified information in the history of the United States.
Manning, 29, was convicted of providing WikiLeaks with over 700,000 documents, videos, and other classified information.
Shortly after the sentencing, Manning came out as a transgender, declaring that from henceforth, she will now be known as Chelsea Manning, and eventually won the right to receive hormone therapy treatment while in prison.
Just three days before leaving office, President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence, and she was released from prison on May 17.
ABC News has released a preview of an exclusive interview with Manning – the first since being released from prison.
ABC News described the charges against Manning as follows: “The information she disclosed included low level battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, evidence of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantanamo prison camp detainee profiles and U.S. diplomatic correspondence.”
Manning claimed the disclosure wasn’t a threat to national security, but information that just needed to get out.
“I work with this information every day,” Manning said in the interview. “I’m the subject matter expert for this stuff. You know, we’re the ones who work with it the most. We’re the most familiar with it. It’s not, you know, it’s not a general who writes this stuff.”
In the ABC interview, Manning thanked Obama for commuting her sentence. “I’ve been given a chance,” she said. “That’s all I asked for was a chance. That’s it, and now this is my chance.”
The complete interview with ABC’s Juju Chang is scheduled to air in an upcoming special edition of “Nightline.”
The following news broadcast from Fox News was on May 17, 2017, when Manning was released from a Kansas military prison, after serving only 7 years of a 35-year sentence.
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