Chelsea Manning

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Chelsea Manning is a former US Army intelligence analyst sentenced to 35 years in prison for providing the “Collateral Murder” video, the Afghan and Iraq war logs and classified US State Department diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, exposing war crimes, corruption and human rights abuses.

She was convicted on several counts of two abusive laws, the Espionage Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Manning was held in solitary confinement for more than nine months in conditions condemned by the UN rapporteur on torture. Upon her sentencing, Manning (formerly Bradley) announced her decision to live as a woman, and has since fought and spoken out for transgender rights and equality. She was released from prison in 2017 on a decision from President Obama.

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