Chelsea Manning posed for Vogue

Chelsea Manning posed for Vogue

The trans soldier spent seven years behind bars for leaking 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks. Barack Obama signed an order too commute her and it was one of the last decisions he made as POTUS. Now Manning is free, happy and beautiful. Manning posted a photo of herself in a red bathing suit to Instagram. The image of her strutting down the beach, veteran photographer Annie Leibovitz, is taken from the September issue of Vogue. Manning wrote that this is how freedom looks like. The magazine followed the trans activist as she prepared for the Lambda Literary Awards, which honours LGBT writers. She told the magazine that she started to realize differing from boys in childhood when she preferred quiet house games to sport competitions, but she did not understand why she did not fit in. Manning was just 22 when she shared the US diplomatic correspondence, which included evidence of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, profiles of detainees at Guantanamo prison camp, and low-level battlefield reports. “I have a responsibility to the public … we all have a responsibility,” Manning told ABC News. “Anything I’ve done, it’s me. There’s no one else. No one told me to do this. Nobody directed me to do this. This is me. It’s on me.”

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