Chelsea’s free!

IssueOctober 2020 - November 2020
News by Milan Rai

This is super-super-late news, there are no excuses. Chelsea Manning, US army whistleblower, was freed way back on 12 March, after attempting suicide in prison the day before.

Chelsea had been detained for over 11 months at that point because she refused to give evidence to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

The judge also imposed $500- and then $1,000-a-day fines. When Chelsea was released, the total had grown to $256,000.

This sum was raised in less than 48 hours (in almost 7,000 separate online donations).

Then another GoFundMe raised $30,000 for Chelsea’s living expenses within 48 hours, and doubled that amount in days.