Chelsea Manning, 29, was released from a U.S. military prison on Wednesday, seven years after being arrested for passing secrets to WikiLeaks in the largest breach of classified information in U.S. history. Manning furnished more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks.
Once known as Private First Class Bradley Manning, she is likely to become a high-profile proponent for the transgender community. Manning supported gender transition during the prison time but tried to commit suicide and faced long stretches of solitary confinement as well as denial of proper healthcare. In a statement, Manning said she appreciated the support she had received from people all over the world. Manning said in 2014 that she disclosed the classified information to expose truths about the civil war in Iraq "out of a love for my country." Her friends and family organized a fundraiser on GoFundMe to meet her survival needs. “We now have a chance to show our appreciation for all that she has given us,” they wrote on the page. The goal of fundraiser was $150,000 and it was covered. People donated $162,862.