Chelsea Manning tweets ‘first steps of freedom’ after seven years in jail

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Chelsea Manning, spared by presidential clemency by Obama from the rest of a 35-year prison term for giving classified materials to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, stepped out of a military lockup on Wednesday for the first time since her incarceration seven years ago.

Manning, 29, shared her first tweet and photo since being released from military prison on Wednesday morning. The posts were accompanied by the words “First steps of freedom!!”.

“I’m figuring things out right now — which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me,” Manning said by email hours after being released from confinement at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., having served seven years behind bars for one of the largest exposures of classified information in US history.

The US army is allowing her to live where she pleases — still on active duty but under a special, unpaid status.

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