Transgender U.S. Army soldier spent seven years in prison for leaking classified documents

Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier who spent seven years in prison for leaking classified documents, took part on Sunday in her first Pride March since her early release last May.

Manning, 29, who came out as transgender in 2013, tweeted that she was “honored to represent” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at the NYC Pride March. Her tweet included a photo of herself alongside Gavin Grimm, the transgender teenager who sued his school for denying him access to the boys’ bathroom. Grimm’s case was ultimately remanded by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Manning later said Sunday’s event was not her first Pride March but the first she attended since her release, NBC News reported.

She was convicted of leaking more than 700,000 classified documents, including battlefield reports on Iraq and Afghanistan and State Department cables, while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq. She said the leaks were intended to expose wrongdoing.

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