Chelsea Manning has officially become a celebrated icon of the left for his transgender transformation. In their minds, this negates his deeply troubling past as a convicted traitor for leaking United States intelligence that put soldiers at risk. He will now be featured in the September issue of Vogue.
On Thursday, Manning tweeted a photo of himself in a bathing suit at the beach, saying, "Guess this is what freedom looks like."
Manning was pardoned by President Obama from serving a 35-year sentence for leaking 700,000 military documents to Wikileaks while serving as an intelligence analyst. The Daily Wire profiled the extent of the damage:
It remains unclear how many, if any Americans were killed due to the leaks. But Arizona Senator John McCain said in January of 2017 that he's confident the Taliban used the information and retaliated against those named. McCain told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly he felt "sorrow for the families of those individuals who identified in these leaks in Afghanistan that the Taliban went after and murdered. And rage because this president is basically endorsing a proposal that allows someone to go free who is responsible for the needless deaths of those people who are allies ... Let me be specific. The information I received when I was there was that the Taliban went after these people. I assume, killed them."
Yet Manning is now a celebrity for the left.
"It's not like I'm living in fear or anything," Manning told Vogue. "I'm so glad to be out and about and walking around."
Asked about running for office in the future, Manning said, “I’m certainly not going to say no, and I’m certainly not going to say yes. My goal is to use these next six months to figure out where I want to go.”
We look forward to the day when he just goes away.