Chelsea Manning's First Tweet Upon Release

'First steps of freedom!!'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2017 11:45 AM CDT
Chelsea Manning's First Tweet Upon Release
This undated file photo provided by the US Army shows Chelsea Manning.   (US Army via AP, File)

Now that she's a free woman, Chelsea Manning is letting the world know. "First steps of freedom!!" she tweeted Wednesday upon her release from military prison, along with a photo of her feet. Manning also issued a statement picked up by NBC News, which read in part: "Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past. I'm figuring things out right now—which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me." Meanwhile, Pulse Films announced at the Cannes Film Festival that it was making a documentary about the 29-year-old transgender soldier called XY Chelsea, reports the AP. Manning is expected to live in Maryland. (More Chelsea Manning stories.)

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