While appealing her Espionage Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act convictions, Manning can collect the benefits of an active-duty soldier.
Manning provided more than 750,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks, which included military and diplomatic dispatches. Manning is responsible for disclosing profiles of its detainees, likened at her trial to "baseball cards". At the time prison officials denied her requests for longer hair and "female amenities".
She clearly looked forward to what life might hold for her outside the military prison walls.
"It's going to be a profound change for her", Evan Greer, a friend of Manning, told AFP. "Through the diaries we developed a range of compelling visuals to bring her words to life".
"Presenting myself in the gender that I am is about my right to exist", she said.
"Regardless, I believed it was imperative to find a creative way to engage with her life and story". Two children inside the van were injured and their father was killed in the attack.
"Manning as a 22-year-old wanted to spark a broad worldwide discussion of various injustices she perceived in scandals, whereas Snowden who had access to more highly classified documents had a very specific policy debate he wanted to start about surveillance". Chelsea stated before her release, she hopes to use her experience to help others. But the Associated Press, which conducted an unofficial review of the cables in 2011, was unable to locate anyone who'd been threatened.
The Department of Defense has repeatedly declined to discuss Manning's treatment in prison.
"This is an important victory for Chelsea, who has been mistreated by the government for years".
While numerous cables were published with the names of sources removed, WikiLeaks eventually published a portion of the documents without redactions.
Manning's clemency application to Obama maintained his belief that he was unfairly sentenced to such a long period in prison, saying, "I have never made any excuses for what I did". "I'm sorry that my actions hurt people. I can't wait to meet her".
Manning's release to Wikileaks put the anti-secrecy group in the public consciousness.
Manning has also surreptitiously become an icon for transgender activists. Even just the sheer, boring normalcy of them is more gratifying than one might expect.
Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith says The transgender soldier was released from Fort Leavenworth on Wednesday.
The first footage from a new documentary that will follow Chelsea Manning as she walks free from a maximum security military prison will be unveiled to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. "Finally, she will be leaving prison and building a life beyond the physical walls of the many sites of her detention".