'Okay, so here I am everyone!' Chelsea Manning posts first photo after release from prison
She was released early on Wednesday.
Chelsea Manning has posted a new photo of herself, after being freed from a Kansas military prison and a 35-year sentence for leaking classified materials.
The transgender soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning took to Twitter and Instagram, posting a portrait photograph of her with short-cropped hair, bright red lipstick and a dark outfit.
The 29-year-old Oklahoma native included the caption, “Okay, so here I am everyone!!”
Manning was released early Wednesday from confinement at Kansas’ Fort Leavenworth, after having served seven years behind bars for giving classified materials to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Manning and her attorneys have refused to divulge her post-prison whereabouts or immediate plans.
In an earlier post, she wrote “First steps of freedom!!” alongside a photograph of her feet.
She also took to social media to share a photo of her first pizza and toasted to a “new beginning”.
Hours after being released, Manning said: “I’m figuring things out right now – which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me.
“I am looking forward to so much! Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past.”