Chelsea Manning freed after 7 years in U.S. military prison

Chelsea Manning has been released from a military prison in Kansas after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

The former U.S. military intelligence analyst, who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified material to WikiLeaks, was freed from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, at 3 a.m. ET Wednesday, a brief U.S. army statement said.

Before his time as president ended, Barack Obama shortened Manning’s sentence last January.

The former soldier, known as Pte. 1st Class Bradley Manning before transitioning in prison, was convicted in 2013 of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud. Manning, now 29, was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

Chelsea Manning Prison Charges

In a now-famous image provided by the U.S. Army, Pte. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. Believed to be taken in early 2010, Manning first shared it with a superior in the army via email. (U.S. Army via The Associated Press)

Manning was accused of providing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks, an international organization that publishes such information from anonymous sources.

She said she wanted to expose what she considered to be the U.S. military’s disregard of how the Iraq War was affecting civilians, and that she was motivated “out of a love for my country.”