NY Daily News reports:
Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. soldier convicted of espionage, will remain on active duty and be eligible for health care benefits after her release from prison, the Army said.
Manning, who was known as Bradley and underwent hormone treatment behind bars, will remain a private in the Army, have access to commissaries and continue to receive health care benefits, but will not be paid, an Army spokesman told USA Today.
The Army declined to say what post she’ll be assigned and who she’ll report to.
If Manning’s appeal of her court-martial conviction is denied, she could be dishonorably discharged and lose her health benefits.
The former whistleblower was convicted in 2013 for releasing more than 700,000 classified military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks. She was serving nearly seven years of her 35-year sentence at an all-male prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Former President Barack Obama commuted the 28-year-old’s prison sentence before leaving office in January — a decision President Trump blasted as well as Manning for being a traitor.
While in prison, Manning tried to commit suicide twice. She also filed a transgender rights lawsuit, according to her lawyers.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which represents Manning, released a statement on her behalf on May 9.
“For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea,” she said. “I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world.”