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>> Chelsea Manning the former military intelligence analyst behind the biggest breach of classified materials in US history out of jail Wednesday after seven years. Reuters correspondent Dustin Woltz.>> She had originally been sentenced to a 35-year term for leaking classified information in 2010 to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. This really is sort of was a watershed moment that put WikiLeaks on the map.
The leaks were a hundreds of thousands of documents and diplomatic cables from the state department that revealed sensitive information and candid conversations from US officials. This leak is widely credited with helping to start the Arab Spring that took over the Middle East in the subsequent months and years and it was according to many US officials very damaging to diplomatic relations for the Obama administration.
>> Still President Obama in his final days in office commuted the remaining 28 years on her sentence, calling it disproportionate to her crime and saying she'd done her time.>> I feel very comfortable that justice has been served and that a message has still been sent.>> Chelsey Manning formerly Bradley Manning revealed after convicted of espionage that she identifies as a woman.
She begun her transition in jail even as the US army kept her in the men's prison. Making her not only a free speech icon but a transgender one as well.>> This is something that her civil liberties advocates are very excited about. They have been championing her case for a long time, saying that she was a whistle blower, and was helping to bring transparency to the government and what it was doing.
>> A polarizing figure whose fame has grown while detained and whose freedom will likely anger many. But her lawyer says Manning feels joy, excitement and nervousness as she becomes a free woman.