Chelsea Manning, convicted nearly two years ago in the WikiLeaks scandal when she was known as Bradley Manning, has set up a Twitter account and will be sending messages “weekly to daily” from prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
The former Army private first class was convicted in August 2013 of violating several parts of the Espionage Act, copying and disseminating classified military field reports and U.S. State Department cables–mostly related to detainees of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba–noted The Washington Post.
According to American military officials, the leak committed by Manning was the largest of its kind in history.
In February, Manning received approval for hormone therapy to transition from a man to a woman from Col. Erica Nelson, commandant of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. Manning legally changed her name last April, according to The Telegraph.
On Friday, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported that the convict who is now presenting herself as a female now is now tweeting from the handle @xychelsea.
Manning has over 44,000 followers as of this publishing. Former Republican Congressman and retired Col. Allen West of Florida was not too happy about the news of Manning’s tweeting from federal prison:
Now, let me figure this one out, we have our young men and women — and their families — struggling to make ends meet and the Army is about to expend taxpayer dollars for hormone treatments for a Soldier convicted of espionage?
Our Army is nearing its lowest levels of personnel since 1939 and we’re taking orders from a judge as to how its soldiers are to be addressed?
h/t: Allen B. West
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