Chelsea Manning to Remain on Active Duty after Military Prison Release


Army Private Chelsea Manning will remain on active duty after she's released from military prison on Wednesday (May 17th) since her conviction is still being appealed. Manning was convicted in August 2013 for leaking classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents via WikiLeaks, and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Former President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in January shortly before leaving office. Manning, who was born Bradley Manning but announced after her conviction that she was transgender, will not be paid after her release even though she'll remain an Army private, but will be eligible for health coverage. If Manning's appeal of her conviction is eventually denied, she will face a dishonorable discharge and loss of all benefits.

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