‘#HelloWorld’: Chelsea Manning Posts Glam Shot to Instagram After Prison Release

Okay, so here I am everyone!! 😜 . . #HelloWorld

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In case you didn’t know, Chelsea Manning was released from prison yesterday in accordance with the commutation of her sentence by Barack Obama.

The whistleblower’s time in prison was fraught. She allegedly attempted suicide and would go weeks without speaking to people on the outside.

Over the last day, she’s been using social media with an ease that wasn’t possible when she was behind bars (though she certainly did her best). Above, you can see an Instagram photo she posted to announce #HelloWorld. Here’s the selection from yesterday, too:

First steps of freedom!! 😄 . . #chelseaisfree

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So, im already enjoying my first hot, greasy pizza 😋

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Here’s to freedom and a new beginning. . . #ChelseaIsFree

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Journalists will no doubt be cheering the chance to use a new photo of the polarizing figure, as the classic black-and-white shot so commonly associated with her has really overstayed its welcome across the Internet and was in need of a big update. Who knows what sorts of pictures Manning will give us next?

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