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  • Chelsea Manning walked free from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on Wednesday, bringing to a close one of the most extraordinary criminal cases in American history over the leaking of government secrets to the public. Her initial sentence, reached after 3 years of pre-trial imprisonment, amounted to 35 years in jail and was commutated by President Obama in his last days in office. The commutation was the result of campaigning and pressure from different groups and people, including journalists, LGBTQ and free speech activists, and passionate lawyers who assisted Manning during her time in prison, fighting for her freedom, civil rights and for the recognition of her identity. Evan Greer, campaign director of ‘Fight for the Future’ and Manning’s friend, has been one of the most vocal people in this fight and coordinator of the campaign that literally saved Chelsea Manning’s life. 
    🎥 Here is Evan Greer’s talk at #ijf17 in April, you can watch it now, on demand, on our video platform:

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