Chelsea Manning to remain on active duty in Army and receive health care after prison release

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.

“Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review,” the spokesman said.

The Army declined to say what post she’ll be assigned and who she’ll report to.

Chelsea Manning issues statement ahead of prison release

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 sentencebefore leaving office in January — a decision President Trump blasted as well as Manning for being a traitor.

“Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible,” Trump tweeted.

This report was originally published on  New York Daily News


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