Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning tweeting from prison: 'Staff are now denying me access to the law library at scheduled times - with only 2 days until my board'; Manning faces an Aug. 18 hearing over alleged prison rules violations - @xychelsea
Editor's note: More: The Army's decision to greenlight hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning is a first for the US military, USA Today reports. The military does not allow transgendered individuals to serve. Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, announced in August 2013 that she planned to live as a woman. Manning is serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks. - Jimmy
United States v. Manning was the court-martial of former United States Army Private First Class Bradley E. Manning (known after the trial as Chelsea Manning).
Manning was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq, where he had been stationed since October 2009, after Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker in the United States, provided information to Army Counterintelligence that Manning had acknowledged passing classified material to the whistleblower website, WikiLeaks. Manning was ultimately charged with 22 specified offenses, including communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source, and the most serious of the charges, aiding the enemy. Other charges included violations of the Espionage Act, stealing U.S. government property, charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and charges related to the failure to obey lawful general orders under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He entered guilty pleas to 10 of 22 specified offenses in February 2013.
The trial began on June 3, 2013. It went to the judge on July 26, 2013, and findings were rendered on July 30. Manning was acquitted of the most serious charge, that of aiding the enemy, for giving secrets to WikiLeaks. In addition to five or six espionage counts, Manning was also found guilty of five theft specifications, two computer fraud specifications and multiple military infractions. Manning had previously admitted guilt on some of the specified charges before the trial.
On August 21, 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years' imprisonment, reduction in pay grade to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a dishonorable discharge. She may be eligible for parole after serving one third of the sentence, and together with credits for time served and good behavior could be released after eight years.