Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence officer who just walked free of military prison after seven years behind bars, has celebrated the occasion in a pretty understandable manner: by popping some bubbly and posting a damn confident headshot to her social media accounts.
The 29-year-old, who announced her gender transition while serving time for leaking a massive cache of classified military documents to Wikileaks, wrote “okay, so here I am everyone!!”
Manning, her representatives, and her supporters had criticised conditions in the all-male military detention facility in which she was held.
Accompanying her image of some post-release champers, Manning wrote “here’s to freedom and a new beginning.”
“The past will always affect me, and I will keep that in mind while remembering that how it played out is only my starting point, not my final destination.”
Source and photo: @xychelsea / Instagram.