Chelsea Manning says she will move to Md. after release from prison

Former Army soldier and government document leaker Chelsea Manning revealed her plans to move to Maryland after she is released from prison later this year.

Just days before he left office, President Obama commuted Manning’s 35-year prison sentence — she will now be released on May 17 from Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas.

"Decision: I plan on moving back to Maryland this summer. (Takoma Park? Bethesda?),” she tweeted. "Can't wait to go home.”

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Manning was convicted in 2013 for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, which were published by WikiLeaks. Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, announced shortly after her sentencing that she was transgender. 

Days after Obama's announcement, Manning took to Twitter to thank the president. 

One of Manning’s attorneys praised Obama’s controversial decision to commute the prison sentence.

“It’s clear to us that President Obama recognized that if he didn’t act now, Chelsea’s life was very much in jeopardy,” said attorney Chase Strangio in an interview with MSNBC last week. "President Obama acted on the side of justice here.