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>> A day after Chelsea Manning's release from a US military prison, she's already a social media star. On Thursday, writing okay, so here I am everyone. Sharing a photo liked more than 27,000 times. Her very first Instagram photo shared Wednesday, after release from prison, titled first steps of freedom.
In 2013, when she was US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, she was convicted by court martial of espionage for handing over more than 700,000 documents, videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. Manning's prosecution was decried by advocates of government transparency. While in prison, she announced her gender transition.
The military kept her in a men's unit, forcing her to wear a male haircut. Her lawyers say she twice tried to commit suicide and was denied proper health care. This account turning her into a symbol for trans rights amid a legal fight in some US states over bathroom access for LGBT people.
Former US President Barack Obama commuted Manning's sentence before leaving office. A US fashion magazine reporting on Thursday Chelsea Manning maybe featured in a photo spread in Vogue Magazine.