The court heard that Manning was fed only milk and baby food until the age of two. Manning's father took a job as an information technology IT manager for a rental car agency, The Hertz Corporation ,  which required travel. The family lived several miles out of town, and Manning's mother was unable to drive. She spent her days drinking, while Manning was left largely to fend for herself, playing with Legos or on the computer.
Brian would stock up on food before his trips, and leave pre-signed checks that Casey mailed to pay the bills. A neighbor said that whenever Manning's elementary school went on field trips, she would give her own son extra food or money so he could make sure Manning had something to eat. Friends and neighbors considered the Mannings a troubled family. As a child, Manning was opinionated about the intersection of religion and politics. In a interview, Manning's father said, "People need to understand that he's a young man that had a happy life growing up.
Manning learned how to use PowerPoint , won the grand prize three years in a row at the local science fair, and in sixth grade, took top prize at a statewide quiz bowl.
A childhood friend of Manning's, speaking about a conversation they had when Manning was 13, said: The friend also said that Manning's home life was not good and that her father was very controlling.
Around this time, Manning's parents divorced. She and her mother Susan moved out of the house to a rented apartment in Crescent, Oklahoma. Manning's father remarried in , the same year as his divorce. His new wife, also named Susan, had a son from a previous relationship. Manning apparently reacted badly when the son changed his surname to Manning too; she started taking running jumps at the walls, telling her mother: In November , Manning and her mother left the United States and moved to Haverfordwest , Wales, where her mother had family.
Manning attended the town's Tasker Milward secondary school. Very quirky, very opinionated, very political, very clever, very articulate. Manning became the target of bullying at school because she was the only American and was viewed as effeminate.
Manning had come out to two friends in Oklahoma as gay but was not open about it at school in Wales. After graduating from high school in at age 17,   and fearing that her mother was becoming too ill to cope, Manning returned to the United States.
Manning got a job as a developer with a software company, Zoto, and was apparently happy for a time but was let go after four months. Her boss told The Washington Post that on a few occasions Manning had "just locked up" and would simply sit and stare, and in the end, communication became too difficult.
The boss told the newspaper that "nobody's been taking care of this kid for a really long time". By then, Manning was living as an openly gay man. Her relationship with her father was apparently good, but there were problems between Manning and her stepmother.
In March , Manning reportedly threatened her stepmother with a knife during an argument about Manning's failure to get another job; the stepmother called the police, and Manning was asked to leave the house. Manning drove to Tulsa in a pickup truck her father had given her, at first slept in it, then moved in with a friend from school.
The two got jobs at Incredible Pizza in April. Manning moved on to Chicago before running out of money and again having nowhere to stay.
Nicks wrote that the 15 months Manning spent with her aunt were among the most stable of her life. Chelsea had a boyfriend, took several low-paid jobs, and spent a semester studying history and English at Montgomery College but left after failing an exam. Manning's father spent weeks in late asking her to consider joining the Army. Hoping to gain a college education through the G. Bill , and perhaps to study for a PhD in physics, she enlisted in September that year.
She wrote that she soon realized she was neither physically nor mentally prepared for it. She was allegedly being bullied, and in the opinion of another soldier, was having a breakdown. The soldier told The Guardian: He was a runt, so pick on him.
He's crazy, pick on him. He's a faggot, pick on him. The guy took it from every side. He couldn't please anyone. The decision to discharge her was revoked, and she started basic training again in January According to Nicks, this security clearance, combined with the digitization of classified information and the government's policy of sharing it widely, gave Manning access to an unprecedented amount of material.
Watkins introduced her to a network of friends and the university's hacker community. She also visited Boston University's " hackerspace " workshop, known as "Builds", and met its founder, David House, the MIT researcher who was later allowed to visit her in jail.
In November , she gave an anonymous interview to a high-school reporter during a rally in Syracuse in support of gay marriage:. I was kicked out of my home and I once lost my job. The world is not moving fast enough for us at home, work, or the battlefield. I've been living a double life. I can't make a statement. I can't be caught in an act. I hope the public support changes.
Nicks writes that Manning would travel back to Washington, D. An ex-boyfriend helped her find her way around the city's gay community, introducing her to lobbyists, activists, and White House aides. Back at Fort Drum, she continued to display emotional problems and, by August , had been referred to an Army mental-health counselor. By September , her relationship with Watkins was in trouble; they reconciled for a short time, but it was effectively over. Two of her superiors had discussed not taking her to Iraq; it was felt she was a risk to herself and possibly others, according to a statement later issued by the Army—but the shortage of intelligence analysts dictated their decision to take her.
In November , Manning wrote to a gender counselor in the United States, said she felt female, and discussed having surgery. The counselor told Steve Fishman of New York magazine in that it was clear Manning was in crisis, partly because of her gender concerns, but also because she was opposed to the kind of war in which she found herself involved. She was by all accounts unhappy and isolated.
Because of the military's " Don't ask, don't tell " DADT policy in effect until September 20, , Manning was unable to live as an openly gay man without risk of being discharged. But she apparently made no secret of her orientation: When she told her roommate she was attracted to men, he responded by suggesting they not speak to each other. On December 20, , during a counseling session with two colleagues to discuss her poor time-keeping, Manning was told she would lose her one day off a week for persistent lateness.
She responded by overturning a table, damaging a computer that was sitting on it. A sergeant moved Manning away from the weapons rack, and other soldiers pinned her arms behind her back and dragged her out of the room.
Several witnesses to the incident believed her access to sensitive material ought to have been withdrawn at that point. She had first noticed them toward the end of November , when they posted , pager messages from the September 11 attacks.
You might need to sit on this information for 90 to days to best send and distribute such a large amount of data to a large audience and protect the source. This is one of the most significant documents of our time removing the fog of war and revealing the true nature of 21st century asymmetric warfare.
Manning, January 9, . On January 5, , Manning downloaded the , documents that became known as the Iraq War logs. It was during this visit that she first went out dressed as a woman , wearing a wig and makeup. Manning contacted The Washington Post and The New York Times to ask if they were interested in the material; the Post reporter did not sound interested, and the Times did not return the call. She returned to Iraq on February 11, with no acknowledgement from WikiLeaks that they had received the files.
On or around February 18, she passed WikiLeaks a diplomatic cable, dated January 13, , from the U. Manning told the court that, during her interaction with WikiLeaks on IRC and Jabber, she developed a friendship with someone there, believed to be Julian Assange although neither knew the other's name , which she said made her feel she could be herself.
The relationship with WikiLeaks had given her a brief respite from the isolation and anxiety. On April 24, , Manning sent an email to her supervisor, Master Sergeant Paul Adkins—with the subject line "My Problem"—saying she was suffering from gender identity disorder. She attached a photograph of herself dressed as a woman and with the filename breanna. This is my problem. I've had signs of it for a very long time. It's caused problems within my family. I thought a career in the military would get rid of it.
It's not something I seek out for attention, and I've been trying very, very hard to get rid of it by placing myself in situations where it would be impossible. But, it's not going away; it's haunting me more and more as I get older.
Now, the consequences of it are dire, at a time when it's causing me great pain in itself Adkins discussed the situation with Manning's therapists, but did not pass the email to anybody above him in his chain of command ; he told Manning's court-martial that he was concerned the photograph would be disseminated among other staff.
Manning told former " grey hat " hacker Adrian Lamo that she had set up Twitter and YouTube accounts as Breanna to give her female identity a digital presence, writing to Lamo: On May 7, according to Army witnesses, Manning was found curled in a fetal position in a storage cupboard; she had a knife at her feet and had cut the words "I want" into a vinyl chair.
A few hours later she had an altercation with a female intelligence analyst, Specialist Jihrleah Showman, during which she punched Showman in the face. The brigade psychiatrist recommended a discharge, referring to an "occupational problem and adjustment disorder".
Manning's supervisor removed the bolt from her weapon, making it unable to fire, and she was sent to work in the supply office, although at this point her security clearance remained in place.
Ellen Nakashima writes that, on May 9, Manning contacted Jonathan Odell, a gay American novelist in Minneapolis, via Facebook, leaving a message that she wanted to speak to him in confidence; she said she had been involved in some "very high-profile events, albeit as a nameless individual thus far".
Two days later, she began the series of chats with Adrian Lamo that led to her arrest. WikiLeaks was set up in late as a disclosure portal, initially using the Wikipedia model, where volunteers would write up restricted or legally threatened material submitted by whistleblowers.
It was Julian Assange —an Australian Internet activist and journalist, and the de facto editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks—who had the idea of creating what Ben Laurie called an "open-source, democratic intelligence agency". The open-editing aspect was soon abandoned, but the site remained open for anonymous submissions.
According to Daniel Domscheit-Berg , a former WikiLeaks spokesperson, part of the WikiLeaks security concept was that they did not know who their sources were. Manning told Lamo in May that she had developed a working relationship with Assange, communicating directly with him using an encrypted Internet conferencing service, but knew little about him. WikiLeaks did not identify Manning as their source. On February 18, , WikiLeaks posted the first of the material from Manning, the diplomatic cable from the U.
State Department profiles of politicians in Iceland. Pilots mistook their cameras for weapons. The helicopters also fired on a van, targeted earlier by one helicopter, that had stopped to help wounded members of the first group.
Two children in the van were wounded, and their father was killed. Pilots also engaged a building where retreating insurgents were holed up. The Washington Post wrote that it was this video, viewed by millions, that put WikiLeaks on the map.
According to Nicks, Manning emailed a superior officer after the video aired and tried to persuade her that it was the same version as the one stored on SIPRNet. Nicks writes that it seemed as though Manning wanted to be caught. Around 77, of these had been published as of May This was followed on October 22, , by , classified military reports covering the period January to December , which became known as the Iraq War logs.
Nicks writes that the publication of the former was a watershed moment, the "beginning of the information age exploding upon itself". Manning was also responsible for the " Cablegate " leak of , State Department cables, written by American embassies and consulates in countries, dated December to February WikiLeaks said it was the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain.
The airstrike occurred on May 4, , in the village of Granai, Afghanistan, killing 86 to Afghan civilians. The video was never published; Julian Assange said in March that Daniel Domscheit-Berg had taken it with him when he left WikiLeaks and had apparently destroyed it. On May 20, , Manning contacted Adrian Lamo , a former " grey hat " hacker convicted in of having accessed The New York Times computer network two years earlier without permission.
Lamo had been profiled that day by Kevin Poulsen in Wired magazine; the story said Lamo had been involuntarily hospitalized and diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Lamo would hack into a system, tell the organization, then offer to fix their security, often using Poulsen as a go-between. Lamo said Manning sent him several encrypted emails on May Lamo said he later turned the emails over to the FBI without having read them. In a series of chats between May 21 and 25, Manning—using the handle "bradass87"—told Lamo that she had leaked classified material.
She introduced herself as an Army intelligence analyst, and within 17 minutes, without waiting for a reply, alluded to the leaks. Lamo replied several hours later. She added "the one below that is mine too"; the section below in the same article referred to the leak of the Baghdad airstrike "Collateral Murder" video. She told Lamo she had recognized that the messages came from an NSA database, and that seeing them had made her feel comfortable about stepping forward.
Lamo asked what kind of material Manning was dealing with; Manning replied: Lamo again assured her that she was speaking in confidence. Manning said the incident that had affected her the most was when 15 detainees had been arrested by the Iraqi Federal Police for printing anti-Iraqi literature. She was asked by the Army to find out who the "bad guys" were, and discovered that the detainees had followed what Manning said was a corruption trail within the Iraqi cabinet.
She reported this to her commanding officer, but said "he didn't want to hear any of it"; she said the officer told her to help the Iraqi police find more detainees. Manning said it made her realize, "i was actively involved in something that i was completely against She explained that "i cant separate myself from others She said she hoped the material would lead to "hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms.
Part of the reason no one noticed, she said, was that staff were working 14 hours a day, seven days a week, and "people stopped caring after 3 weeks. Shortly after the first chat with Manning, Lamo discussed the information with Chet Uber of the volunteer group Project Vigilant, which researches cybercrime , and with Timothy Webster, a friend who had worked in Army counterintelligence. Nicks argues, on the other hand, that it was thanks to Lamo that the government had months to ameliorate any harm caused by the release of the diplomatic cables.
On or around that date he also passed the story to Kevin Poulsen of Wired , and on May 27 gave him the chat logs and Manning's name under embargo.
He met with the FBI again that day, at which point they told him Manning had been arrested in Iraq the day before. Poulsen and Kim Zetter broke the news of the arrest in Wired on June 6.
The most serious charge was "aiding the enemy", a capital offense, although prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty. While in Kuwait, Manning was placed on suicide watch after her behavior caused concern. POI status is one stop short of suicide watch, entailing checks by guards every five minutes. Her lawyer, David Coombs , a former military attorney, said Manning was not allowed to sleep between 5 am 7 am on weekends and 8 pm, and was made to stand or sit up if she tried to.
She was required to remain visible at all times, including at night, which entailed no access to sheets, no pillow except one built into her mattress, and a blanket designed not to be shredded. The jail had 30 cells built in a U shape, and although detainees could talk to one another, they were unable to see each other. Her lawyer said the guards behaved professionally, and had not tried to harass or embarrass Manning. She was allowed to walk for up to one hour a day, meals were taken in the cell, and she was shackled during visits.
There was access to television when it was placed in the corridor, and she was allowed to keep one magazine and one book. On January 18, , after Manning had an altercation with the guards, the commander of Quantico classified her as a suicide risk. Shortly afterwards, she was placed on suicide watch, had her clothing and eyeglasses removed, and was required to remain in her cell 24 hours a day. The suicide watch was lifted on January 21 after a complaint from her lawyer, and the brig commander who ordered it was replaced.
Her lawyer said Manning joked to the guards that, if she wanted to harm herself, she could do so with her underwear or her flip-flops. The comment resulted in Manning being ordered to strip naked in her cell that night and sleep without clothing.
On the following morning only, Manning stood naked for inspection. Following her lawyer's protest and media attention, Manning was issued a sleeping garment on or before March The detention conditions prompted national and international concern. Crowley criticized Manning's treatment and resigned two days later. In April , a panel of experts, having completed a medical and mental evaluation of Manning, ruled that she was fit to stand trial.
She was arraigned on February 23, , and declined to enter a plea. During the Article 32 hearing, the prosecution, led by Captain Ashden Fein, presented , pages of documents in evidence, including chat logs and classified material. They testified that they had found , State Department cables on a workplace computer Manning had used between November and May ; , military reports from Iraq and 91, from Afghanistan on an SD card found in her basement room in her aunt's home in Potomac, Maryland; and 10, cables on her personal MacBook Pro and storage devices that they said had not been passed to WikiLeaks because a file was corrupted.
They also recovered 14 to 15 pages of encrypted chats, in unallocated space on Manning's MacBook hard drive, between Manning and someone believed to be Julian Assange. Two of the chat handles, which used the Berlin Chaos Computer Club 's domain ccc.
Johnson said there had been two attempts to delete material from the MacBook. The operating system had been re-installed in January , and on or around January 31, , an attempt had been made to erase the hard drive by doing a " zero-fill ", which involves overwriting material with zeroes.
The material was recovered after the overwrite attempts from unallocated space. Manning's lawyers argued that the government had overstated the harm the release of the documents had caused, and had overcharged Manning to force her to give evidence against Assange. The defense also raised questions about whether Manning's confusion over her gender identity affected her behavior and decision making.
The judge, Army Colonel Denise Lind, ruled in January that any sentence would be reduced by days because of the treatment Manning received at Quantico. Prosecutors pursued a court-martial on the remaining charges. The trial began on June 3, Manning was convicted on July 30, on 17 of the 22 charges in their entirety, including five counts of espionage and theft, and an amended version of four other charges; she was acquitted of aiding the enemy.
The sentencing phase began the next day. Captain Michael Worsley, a military psychologist who had treated Manning before her arrest, testified that Manning had been left isolated in the Army, trying to deal with gender-identity issues in a "hyper-masculine environment".
He said that, in leaking the material, Manning had been "acting out [a] grandiose ideation". Well, Pfc Manning was under the impression that his leaked information was going to really change how the world views the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and future wars, actually. This was an attempt to crowdsource an analysis of the war, and it was his opinion that if On August 14, Manning apologized to the court: I'm sorry that they hurt the United States.
I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions. When I made these decisions I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people. At the time of my decisions I was dealing with a lot of issues.
Manning's offenses carried a maximum sentence of 90 years. She was sentenced on August 21 to 35 years in prison, reduction in rank to private private E-1 or PVT , forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a dishonorable discharge. The sentence was criticized as "unjust and unfair"  by The Guardian , and as "excessive"  by The New York Times. The request included a supporting letter from Amnesty International which said that Manning's leaks had exposed violations of human rights.
David Coombs's cover letter touched on Manning's role as a whistleblower , asking that Manning be granted a full pardon or that her sentence be reduced to time served. In April , Amnesty International posted online a letter from Manning in which she wrote, "I am now preparing for my court-martial appeal before the first appeals court. The appeal team, with my attorneys Nancy Hollander and Vince Ward, are hoping to file our brief before the court in the next six months.
We have already had success in getting the court to respect my gender identity by using feminine pronouns in the court filings she, her, etc.
In November , Manning made a formal petition to President Obama to reduce her year sentence to the six years of time she had already served. In January , a Justice Department source said that Manning was on President Obama's short list for a possible commutation. On January 26, , in her first column for The Guardian since the commutation, Manning lamented that President Obama's political opponents consistently refused to compromise, resulting in "very few permanent accomplishments" during his time in office.
As The Guardian summarized it, she saw Obama's legacy as "a warning against not being bold enough. January 26, . Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth's detention center at approximately 2 a. Central Time on May 17, On May 31, , the U. The court rejected Manning's contention that the statute is too vague to provide fair notice of the criminal nature of disclosing classified documents. Appellant's training and experience indicate, without any doubt, she was on notice and understood the nature of the information she was disclosing and how its disclosure could negatively affect national defense.
Manning, the court found, "had no First Amendment right to make the disclosures—doing so not only violated the nondisclosure agreements she signed, but also jeopardized national security.
The publication of the leaked material, particularly the diplomatic cables, attracted in-depth coverage worldwide, with several governments blocking websites that contained embarrassing details. Alan Rusbridger , editor of The Guardian , said: I've never known a story that created such mayhem that wasn't an event like a war or a terrorist attack. In , Manning and WikiLeaks were credited in part,   along with news reporters and political analysts,  as catalysts for the Arab Spring that began in December , when waves of protesters rose up against rulers across the Middle East and North Africa, after the leaked cables exposed government corruption.
In , however, James L. Gelvin , an American scholar of Middle Eastern history, wrote: A Washington Post editorial asked why an apparently unstable Army private had been able to access and transfer sensitive material in the first place.
A report written by the Department of Defense a year after the breach found that Manning's document leaks had no significant strategic impact on U. The heavily redacted final report was not published until June , after a Freedom of Information request by investigative reporter Jason Leopold. In a statement to the Nomination Committee, the Pirate Party members said Manning and Snowden "have inspired change and encouraged public debate and policy changes that contributed to a more stable and peaceful world".
In May , Anything to Say? In September , Manning accepted the EFF Pioneer Award in recognition of her actions as a whistleblower and for her work as an advocate for government transparency and transgender rights. In an article written by Manning, she says her first public appearance as female was in February while on leave from her military duties; Manning was exhilarated to blend in as a woman.
On August 22, , the day after sentencing, Manning's attorney issued a press release to the Today show announcing that his client was a female, and asked that she be referred to by her new name of Chelsea and feminine pronouns. Manning's statement included the following:. As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning.
I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun except in official mail to the confinement facility.
I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back. The news media split in its reaction to Manning's request; some organizations used the new name and pronouns, and others continued to use the former ones. Such treatment is provided in civilian federal prisons when it is found to be medically necessary, but it is not available in military prisons.
The Pentagon policy at the time considered transgender individuals ineligible to serve. Instead, the Army kept Manning in military custody and said it would begin rudimentary gender treatment, which could include allowing her to wear female undergarments and possibly receive hormone treatments.
They notified the USDB, Hagel and other Defense Department officials that a lawsuit would be filed if they did not confirm by September 4 that treatment would be provided.
Alayne Conway told NBC News, "The Department of Defense has approved a request by Army leadership to provide required medical treatment for an inmate diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
Treatment for the condition is highly individualized and generally is sequential and graduated. In September, Manning filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, D. She sued to be allowed to grow her hair longer and use cosmetics, and to receive hormone treatments "to express her female gender". On February 12, , USA Today reported that the commandant of the USDB wrote in a February 5 memo, "After carefully considering the recommendation that hormone treatment is medically appropriate and necessary, and weighing all associated safety and security risks presented, I approve adding hormone treatment to Inmate Manning's treatment plan.
Her ACLU attorney, Chase Strangio , said that the delay in approving her hormone treatment "came with a significant cost to Chelsea and her mental health". On March 5, in response to Manning's request for an order compelling the military to use pronouns that conform to her chosen gender identity, the U. Army Court of Criminal Appeals ruled, "Reference to appellant in all future formal papers filed before this court and all future orders and decisions issued by this court shall either be neutral, e.
On March 14, the digital library host Cryptome posted an unsigned public copy of a court document, filed March 10, wherein the parties to Manning's September lawsuit against Secretary of Defense Hagel agreed to stay proceedings for seven months, after which time they would address how the litigation should proceed in light of Manning's status at that time. The document revealed that the Army was then providing Manning with weekly psychotherapy, including psychotherapy specific to gender dysphoria; cross-sex hormone therapy; female undergarments; the ability to wear prescribed cosmetics in her daily life at the USDB; and speech therapy.
In April , Amnesty International posted online a letter from Manning in which she disclosed,. I finally began my prescribed regime of hormones to continue my overdue gender transition in February. It's been such an amazing relief for my body and brain to finally come into alignment with each other.
My stress and anxiety levels have tapered off quite considerably. Overall, things are beginning to move along nicely. On September 13, , the ACLU announced that the army would be granting Manning's request for gender transition surgery , a first for a transgender inmate. In January , Manning wrote to The New York Times that although months had passed, she had still not seen a surgeon. On May 22, , Manning's lawsuit seeking a federal court to order the Defense Department to provide hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender identity condition was dismissed because, her ACLU attorney explained, "she is free".
In March , Bloomberg News reported that Manning could be visited by only those she had named before her imprisonment, and not by journalists. She could not be photographed or give interviews on camera. Manning was not allowed to browse the web, but could consult print news and have access to new gender theory texts.
In April , Amnesty International posted online a letter from Manning in which she described her daily life. I also work out a lot to stay fit, and read newspapers, magazines and books to keep up-to-date on current events around the world and learn new things. Also that month, Cosmopolitan published the first interview with Manning in prison, conducted by mail.
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Obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement in an arbitration proceeding brought by a Chicago not-for-profit health system against a publicly traded managed care company. Successfully represented a large not-for-profit healthcare system in defending on appeal a Certificate of Need to develop a radiation therapy service. Successfully represented the founding shareholder in a radiation oncology practice in a dispute in Georgia over the value of a multimillion-dollar equity interest.
Obtained a favorable settlement for the pharmacy operations of a publicly traded company for investigation of billing practices in Georgia. Raising Capital Medical device and related life science companies need capital to grow. Achieving Corporate Goals Many of our clients engage in joint ventures or mergers and acquisitions as an integral part of their corporate strategies. Protecting and Managing Intellectual Property Most of our clients create and depend upon intellectual property as their core asset.
Regulatory Guidance We provide guidance on key regulatory issues faced by a medical device concern. Interdisciplinary Approach Practicing a team approach to legal service, we work closely with other relevant practices, such as our Licensing, Intellectual Property and Healthcare Regulatory Practices, to assist medical device and related life science companies in all stages of their lifecycles. Several recent representations include: Patent filings for medical device company involved in the research and development of products for use in minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery.