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Chelsea Manning to Be Released From Prison, Remain on Active Duty

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In this June 5, 2013, file photo Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, then-Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after the third day of his court martial. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

By    |   Monday, 15 May 2017 12:17 PM

Following her release from prison, Chelsea Manning will remain on active duty, and although she won't be paid for her services, she'll be receiving health care and other benefits.

Manning, who was convicted in July of 2013 after releasing tons of secret intelligence documents to WikiLeaks, will be released from military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on Wednesday, according to Fox News.

"Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review," Army spokesman Dave Foster told USA Today.

This comes after former President Barack Obama granted Manning commutation in his last week in the White House in January, Fox News noted.

Manning thanked Obama in a statement last week, despite criticizing him months ago — something that President Donald Trump called her out on.

"For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea," she said in the statement. "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world. Freedom used to be something that I dreamed of but never allowed myself to fully imagine."

According to USA Today, when Manning first entered prison, she was a man named Bradley. However, she underwent hormone treatment while incarcerated.

Manning was originally sentenced to 35 years in prison, but she's now walking free six years before she would have been up for parole.

It's not yet clear what Manning's Army post will be and to whom she'll report.

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