Whistleblower Chelsea Manning was ordered released from a Virginia detention center on Thursday, the latest decision in a series of incarcerations for the former U.S. Army intelligence officer.
Manning, 32, was being held in contempt of court for refusing to testify before a grand jury. As a condition of her release, Manning must pay $256,000 in fines. Manning chose to enter detention rather than revealing information concerning Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange.
A trans woman and Iraq war veteran, Manning gained notoriety for disclosing classified military documents to WikiLeaks. In 2013, Manning was convicted by court-martial for violations of the Espionage Act.
In 2017, President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s original 35-year prison sentence.
President Trump invoked Manning’s name when he pardoned Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.
“President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who leaked countless sensitive and classified documents to Wikileaks, perhaps, and others, but horrible, horrible thing that he did,” Trump said.
There is a GoFundMe account to help with Manning’s fines with almost $97,000 raised by Friday afternoon.