According to BBC News, a United States Army representative confirmed that Chelsea Manning has been freed from military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. She has served seven years of an unprecedentedly harsh 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks.
In February 2013, Manning pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 offenses of which she was charged. Though she was acquitted of aiding the enemy — a charge punishable by death — she was convicted of 20 charges and sentenced to 35 years in military prison.
In one of his final acts as president, Barack Obama commuted her sentence to seven years from the day of her arrest in May 2010.
"Chelsea has been robbed of that right to have any semblance of control over her image," said Evan Greer, a close friend of Manning who has a weekly phone call with her, "I can say myself, as a trans person, those basic things like how I wear my hair and how I present myself are a huge part of how I define myself."
Correction: May 17, 2017
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the number of charges on which Chelsea Manning was convicted. Manning was found guilty on 20 charges.