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Chelsea Manning's Friends, Family Raising Funds for Her 'Transition Into the Free World'

Chelsea Manning
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"Funds raised will be used to pay for Chelsea’s rent, utilities, health care, clothing and other living expenses for the first year after she is released."

A GoFundMe page has been launched to support Chelsea Manning as she transitions to life at home after being in prison since 2010.

The 29-year-old former army intelligence analyst and transgender woman was sentenced to 35 years military prison after leaking sensitive, military and diplomatic documents regarding warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the final days of his presidency, president Obama commuted her sentence to grant Manning her freedom.

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"The majority of Chelsea's adult life has been spent under the control of powerful institutions," writes Chase Strangio, Manning's attorney and friend, on GoFundMe. "Upon her release she will need logistical, emotional and financial support to safely transition into the free world."

The fundraising campaign, created by Strangio, as well as Manning's family and friends, has raised more than $20,000 of their $100,000 goal in under a day. "Funds raised will be used to pay for Chelsea's rent, utilities, health care, clothing and other living expenses for the first year after she is released."

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