Chelsea Manning to stay on active duty, receive health care after prison release

Pvt. Chelsea Manning is scheduled to leave military prison on Wednesday, and USA Today reports she will remain an active-duty, unpaid soldier eligible for health care benefits upon her release.

Manning -- who was convicted in 2010 for leaking national security secrets -- is leaving military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas six years before her initial parole eligibility. Manning (then known as Bradley Manning) began her transition from male to female -- and began receiving hormone treatment while in prison.

Manning was originally sentenced to 35 years for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks, but President Obama commuted her sentence as one of his final acts while in office.

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A combination photo shows U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, who was born male Bradley Manning but identifies as a woman, imprisoned for handing over classified files to pro-transparency site WikiLeaks, being escorted by military police at Fort Meade, Maryland, U.S. on December 21, 2011 (L) and on June 6, 2012 (R) respectively. U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, imprisoned for passing classified files to WikiLeaks, now stands accused of misconduct stemming from her suicide attempt earlier this month and could land in solitary confinement indefinitely, her lawyers said on July 28, 2016. REUTERS/File Photos
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Army spokesman David Foster commented on Manning's status as a soldier, saying she will continue to receive health care and have access to military exchanges and commissaries.

"Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review," Foster said.

The ACLU recently released a statement on Manning's behalf.

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

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In five more months, you will be free. Thank you for what you did for everyone, Chelsea. Stay strong a while longer! https://t.co/PaLvJDvDbl
Chelsea Manning's treachery put American lives at risk and exposed some of our nation's most sensitive secrets. M… https://t.co/kr8psYpSRv
VICTORY: Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence from 35 years to 7. Release date now May 17. Background: https://t.co/HndsbVbRer
We ought not treat a traitor like a martyr. My statement on the commutation of Chelsea Manning's prison sentence: https://t.co/8f0QMITSAQ
Chelsea Manning risked EVERYTHING & has languished in prison for 7yrs cause she chose 2 reveal documents about the lies that led to Iraq War
I am disappointed with @POTUS' decision to commute the sentence of #ChelseaManning.
.@SenJohnMcCain was asked about @POTUS' Chelsea Manning commutation. Called it "so inappropriate" and said he was "stunned."
Former Army PFC #Manning stabbed fellow service members in the back by releasing classified information which put them at risk. (1)
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