Chelsea Manning, whistleblower released from detention

Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning was a former US Army intelligence analyst served in Iraq in 2009. That was the turning point in her life. While serving in Iraq she has access to documents that gave her a lot of information. As she went through these she realized that something was not right. The next thing she does is leak the information in thousand to WikiLeaks. She was later arrested when a hacker tipped off the US government about her. She was arrested and found guilty of espionage and theft. However, she was not found guilty of any conspiracy. She ended up being sentenced to 35 years in prison. President Barack Obama later commuted her and she was therefore released in 2017.

Chelsea was held in custody since May after she refused to testify in an ongoing US investigation of Wikileaks. The grand jury who was overseeing this case has concluded and hence Chelsea was ordered to be released by Jude Anthony Trenga in Alexandria. However, Chelsea’s appeal to cancel the fines imposed on her totalling to an amount of $256,000 was denied.

Alexandria City Sheriff Dana Lawhorne informed that that Chelsea has been released from the Detention centre. Manning’s defence team while happy with her release has also appealed to let Chelsea be.

Her defence team said, “Needless to say we are relieved and ask that you respect her privacy while she gets on her feet.” Mannings defence team also said that Manning had attempted to commit suicide and had been taken to hospital, where she was recovering.

Manning’s served seven-year imprisonment for leaking information to WikiLeaks. Wikileaks was founded by an Australian named Julian Assange. He is currently in British captivity.