Chelsea Manning, the soldier convicted of leaking national security secrets, joined Twitter this week — from prison.
Fitzgibbon Media, a communications firm, is writing tweets dictated on a phone by the inmate, previously known as Bradley Manning. The company, which has about 1,920 followers, made the announcement on Twitter on Friday. Within a day, Manning gained 33,100 followers.
The soldier was convicted of sending classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Manning is serving a 35-year prison sentence and is eligible for parole in about seven years.
At trial, her attorneys argued she had been disillusioned by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and believed the release of the documents, including diplomatic cables and military reports, should be seen by the public.
Manning sued the federal government for access to hormone treatment. Fort Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks in Kansas approved the therapy for her this year.
Manning said she plans to tweet as frequently as possible with the aims of tweeting daily or weekly. But don’t expect her to tweet about frivolous things.
“I’m hoping to stay connected w/ this account as much as poss., but would rather tweet about more meaningful things than not #lessismore,” her second tweet said.
She added that she knows tweeting from prison will be hard. “But I don’t want this Twitter feed to be a one-way street/conversation,” one tweet said.
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