Chelsea Manning: Wikileaks source celebrates ‘first steps of freedom’

U.S soldier Chelsea Manning is celebrating her freedom after being released from military prison.

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Chelsea Manning took to Twitter after her release, photographing her “first steps of freedom” in civilian clothes.

In a brief statement, she said she was focused on the future, which “is far more important than the past”.

She served seven years of a 35-year sentence for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and military files to Wikileaks.

Most of her sentence was commuted by then-US President Barack Obama in January.

Photo By Alicia Neal (Chelsea Manning Support Network) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons