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Chelsea Manning Is Now on Twitter

Chelsea Manning, the Army private currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, has joined Twitter under the name @xychelsea.

Manning, formerly known as Bradley before undergoing a sex change operation, was lauded as a hero by civil liberties advocates. She was hired by The Guardian in February as a contributing opinions writer.

Manning is not directly tweeting herself, and it is unclear how the tweets are being dictated and sent. Inmates do not have Internet access from high-security facilities like the one she is currently in.

“I’m hoping to stay connected w/ this account as much as poss., but would rather tweet about more meaningful things than not,” she tweeted on Friday.

As of this writing, Manning has amassed almost 10,000 followers.

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