Chelsea Manning released after 7 years in prison

The military has not agreed to comment on Manning's treatment over the past seven years that she's been imprisoned.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama granted Manning Clemency in his final days in office in January.

The film, "XY Chelsea", by director Tim Travers Hawkins and co-produced by Oscar victor Laura Poitras, will start filming with Manning later Wednesday "as she walks free and begins to tell her story", Pulse said in a statement.

"Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past".

"I'm figuring things out right now - which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me", Manning said in an email seen by The Associated Press.

NBC News, citing an unnamed U.S Army official, says Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth military prison Wednesday at around 2 a.m. Manning, in addition to the normal costs of civilian life, is facing the cost of continuing her transition from male to female, begun while she was under confinement. Manning posted a shot of her Converse shoes to Instagram as she left her holding facility.

The transgender former U.S. military intelligence analyst leaked 700,000 classified military and state department documents to WikiLeaks.

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Manning said in 2014 that she chose to disclose the classified information to expose truths about the civil war in Iraq "out of a love for my country". Manning was never convicted on the most serious charge that she faced: Aiding the enemy, which would qualify as treason and would have carried a life sentence.

Hawkins was planning to film Manning as she was released from prison Wednesday.

She has reportedly tried to commit suicide twice past year and spent time in solitary confinement as punishment at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth. She will not be paid but will receive healthcare benefits. Last September, she staged a hunger strike over the way she was being treated.

She was originally arrested as Bradley Manning, but publicly came out as a transgender woman in a statement from her attorney in 2013. Manning was subsequently court-martialed and sentenced in 2013 with the opportunity for parole after seven years.

Manning said at the time that she had hoped to spark "worldwide discussion, debates and reforms" with the information, bringing to light what she saw as an unfair portrayal of the USA wars.

Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Chicago-based Gay Liberation Network, said in a statement his organization will host a "welcome home" party for Manning along with LGBT organizations in other cities worldwide. Manning's identity has been the cause of much of the media coverage of her, since her gender at times seemed to pose a threat to her overall wellbeing. "The reason is simple: her revelations deeply embarrassed not only the Republicans, but especially the Obama administration".

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