Who is Chelsea Manning?

Chelsea Manning released from prison

Chelsea Manning has been released after serving only seven years of a 35-year sentence.

Manning was behind bars for leaking military intelligence records while she served in the Army.

Manning, who is still listed as an active duty soldier, will be placed on what is called voluntary excess leave, her attorneys told NBC News.

>> Read more trending news 

She will not be discharged and will hold the rank of private first class, but will also not receive pay while under the status.

Manning’s sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in January, but she is still appealing her conviction, NBC News reported.

Manning, who was known as Bradley Manning before announcing she was transgender, was accused, and found guilty of, leaking almost 750,000 military files to WikiLeaks. Manning was court-martialed and received a 35-year prison sentence in 2013. 

Her release was also confirmed by her attorneys through the ACLU.

Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.