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Chelsea Manning to be released from prison today

CHELSEA MANNING will be released from prison today (May 17) after being commuted by the ex-President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

Chelsea, 29, is currently serving a 35 year sentence after being convicted of leaking classified documents to the Wikileaks website and has been the focus of many campaigns as she serves the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

Chelsea is transgender and previously went by the name of Bradley. She was born in Oklahoma and went to Tasker Milward school in Haverfordwest after moving to Wales as a child.

On Twitter, Ms Manning said: “Freedom was only a dream, and hard to imagine. Now it’s here! You kept me alive.

“For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea. I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world.”

Her mother Susan Manning said: “I am so proud of Chelsea and delighted she will finally be free again. It is going to be very hard for her to re-adjust after so long inside the prison’s four walls and I’m happy she will be staying in Maryland where she has family to look out for her.

“Chelsea is so intelligent and talented, I hope she now has the chance to go to college to complete her studies, and to do and be whatever she wants. My message to Chelsea? Two words: ‘Go, girl!’”