“So Here I Am:” Chelsea Manning Reveals Herself After Prison

Released Wednesday from prison, whistleblower Chelsea Manning has finally revealed a photo of herself.

“Okay, so here I am everyone!!” Manning wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of herself with a long awaited feminine haircut, makeup and a low-cut top.


Okay, so here I am everyone!! 😜 . . #HelloWorld

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One of Barack Obama’s last acts as President was commuting Private Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence. She has been in Fort Leavenworth military prison for the last seven years for leaking government documents to WikiLeaks.

Manning announced that she was transgender in 2013, was denied the right to transition while in prison and sued the U.S. Army. Eventually, she was given the right to undergo gender treatment and has been on hormone treatment for the last six years.

She made several suicide attempts while in prison.

After being released from prison, Manning took to Instagram to celebrate her freedom. One of her first photos was a picture of her feet, writing “First steps of freedom!!” She also posted her first meal out of prison, a pepperoni pizza.


So, im already enjoying my first hot, greasy pizza 😋

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Manning will remain in active duty while her court-martial conviction is under appeal.

“Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review,” said Army Spokesperson Dave Foster. 

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