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Chelsea Manning releases first photo of herself since leaving prison

Chelsea Manning’s nearly seven years in prison ended yesterday, and today she posted the first photo of herself since being released.

“Okay, so here I am everyone!! =P” she wrote, posting the photo on Instagram and Twitter.

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

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Very little has been seen of Manning, who lived as Bradley Manning seven years ago, since her incarceration for disclosing information to WikiLeaks. A grainy selfie and an official portrait were used repeatedly in media stories about her.

Since her early release — the result of a commuted sentence from President Obama — Manning has set up an Instagram to share new photos of her life outside of prison. Besides the new photo of herself, early entries included a shot of her first steps beyond bars.