Chelsea Manning, a US transsexual serviceman imprisoned for providing thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks, said on Tuesday that he could finally project himself into the future as he approaches his release next week.
“For the first time, I see myself as a Chelsea. I imagine myself surviving and living in the skin of the person I am and who can be in the outside world, “said the woman soldier, in a statement sent by her team of defenders.
“Freedom was something I dreamed of without allowing myself to imagine full enjoyment,” said the former Bradley Manning. The former Wikileaks informer has had his 35-year prison sentence commuted by former US President Barack Obama.
Freedom was only a dream, and hard to imagine. Now it's here! You kept me alive <3 https://t.co/abkGoA3fOi
— Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) May 9, 2017
“From now on, freedom is something that I will know again with my friends and loved ones after almost seven years of bars and cement, seclusion in isolation, with my autonomy and my hindered care, especially those haircuts Regularly imposed, “Ms. Manning added.
Chelsea Manning last year made two suicide attempts and a hunger strike between the two in her military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, desperate for her relatives by the disciplinary proceedings to which she was subjected.
The soldier demanded the necessary care for his change of genus, accusing the American authorities of denying him “right to exist” by denying him the right to grow his hair.
She was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years imprisonment for sending 700 000 confidential documents to the WikiLeaks website. A punishment that his supporters considered disproportionate. Obama had commuted the sentence three days before leaving the White House, greatly shortening the duration.
Chelsea Manning must be released from prison on May 17.