Chelsea Manning gives first TV interview post-prison release

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Chelsea Manning gave her first TV interview since being released from prison last month to ABC’s “Nightline.”

Excerpts of the interview with “Nightline” co-anchor JuJu Chang, which touched on Manning’s reasoning behind leaking military documents, aired on “Good Morning America” on Friday.

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Chelsea Manning shares first photo post-prison release

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Chelsea Manning shared her first photo since being released from prison on social media on Thursday.

Manning, who was released from prison after serving nearly seven years of her 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, posted the photo on Instagram and Twitter. The 29-year-old captioned the photo, “Okay, so here I am everyone!!”

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Chelsea Manning released after nearly 7 years in prison

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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(Portrait by Alicia Neal.)

After spending nearly seven years in prison for leaking classified information, the Army has released Chelsea Manning as a result of clemency granted by former President Obama.

Manning in a statement acknowledged she had an early release from prison as a result of former President Obama granting her clemency as one of his final acts in office, which considerably reduced her initial 35-year sentence.

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Report: Chelsea Manning sentence commuted by Obama

By : Billy Manes
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Chelsea Manning, she of the WikiLeaks controversy that landed her in prison until 2045, is slated to be released in May of this year.

“Testimony at the trial showed that she had been in a mental and emotional crisis as she came to grips, amid the stress of a war zone, with the fact that she was not merely gay but had gender dysphoria. She had been behaving erratically, including angry outbursts and lapsing into catatonia midsentence. At one point she had emailed a photograph of herself in a woman’s wig to her supervisor,” the New York Times reports.

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ACLU ask Obama to commute sentence for Chelsea Manning

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union and gay-rights groups are lobbying President Barack Obama to commute the prison sentence of a transgender soldier who leaked classified government and military documents.

The ACLU said the letter Dec. 5 co-signed by more than a dozen civil rights groups considers Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence unprecedented.

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Leaked video shows Mormon leaders discussing gay rights, Iraq war

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SALT LAKE CITY — In leaked videos, Mormon leaders discuss concerns about the growth of the gay rights movement and hear from a former U.S. senator and church member who tells them the Iraq war could open the door for new converts, according to footage that pulls back the curtain on a religion that is closely guarded about its inner workings.

The 15 videos were posted online Oct. 2 during the final day of the religion’s twice-yearly conference. They show top leaders hearing presentations and discussing topics at meetings from 2007 to 2012.

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Chelsea Manning ends hunger strike after Army approves treatment

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) – A transgender soldier imprisoned in Kansas for leaking classified information to the WikiLeaks website will end a hunger strike after the Army agreed to allow her to receive medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Tuesday.

Chelsea Manning’s medical treatment will begin with surgery that was recommended by her psychologist in April, the ACLU said. Manning began the hunger strike at Fort Leavenworth military prison on Friday, vowing to continue until she received better treatment.

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Chelsea Manning ‘glad to be alive’ following suicide attempt

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Leavenworth, Kan. (AP) – Chelsea Manning has tweeted that she’s OK following her hospitalization for a suicide attempt last week.

The 28-year-old transgender soldier imprisoned for sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks also posted on her Twitter account July 11 night, “I’m glad to be alive.” Manning doesn’t have internet access behind bars at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, but wrote last year that she dictates her tweets to someone who puts them online. 

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Imprisoned transgender soldier Chelsea Manning hospitalized

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Leavenworth, Kan. (AP) – The U.S. Army says imprisoned transgender soldier Chelsea Manning was briefly hospitalized this week, though few details have been provided.

Army spokesman Wayne Hall says the 28-year-old Manning was taken to a hospital July 5 near Fort Leavenworth and was later returned to the Kansas military base’s prison, where Manning is now being monitored. Hall and other Pentagon officials didn’t say why Manning was hospitalized.

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Government opposes Chelsea Manning’s request to grow hair long in prison

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Government officials are opposing imprisoned national security leaker Chelsea Manning’s request to grow out her hair.

The transgender former Army intelligence made the request as part of a lawsuit in federal court in Washington. The lawsuit says that gender-appropriate grooming is part of the recognized treatment for gender dysphoria, Manning’s sense of being a woman in a man’s body. The Kansas military prison where Manning is being held began giving her hormone therapy in February, but officials have refused to allow her to wear her hair longer than 2 inches.

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Military cautious about removing transgender ban

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, according to U.S. officials familiar with the discussions.

Carter initially told troops in Afghanistan that he was open-minded when asked if the Defense Department was planning to remove one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service. But defense officials said members of his top brass told Carter that they had serious reservations.

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