A newly-freed Chelsea Manning reintroduced herself to the world today.
A day after leaving Leavenworth Prison in Kansas, Manning posted a color portrait of herself on Instagram with the caption: ‘Here I am everyone!!’
She added the hashtag #helloworld.
The transgender whistleblower formerly known as Bradley Manning had previously only been seen in a single black and white photo and through a drawing.
Any other photos seen publicly were of Manning as Bradley.
Manning publicly came out as a trans woman on 22 August 2013, the day after she was sentenced to 35 years in prison by court-martial.
She was charged with espionage and 21 other offences, including stealing government property and a number of disobedience charges.
The most serious offence Manning was found guilt of was aiding the enemy ‘through indirect means’, which on the charge sheet is listed as ‘Violation of the UCJM (Uniform Code of Military Justice), article 104’.
Manning could have received the death sentence for this charge alone, but ultimately received a 35-year prison sentence.
As one of his last acts in office, President Obama commuted Manning’s sentence to seven years total confinement in January 2017.
This includes the three years Manning served before she stood trial.