Chelsea Manning Launches Twitter Account from Prison
Private First Class Bradley Manning stole 251,000 State Department documents, many of them secret international embassy reports. Manning smuggled the security documents out on a CD labeled “Lady Gaga.” Manning was bitter after a breakup with his boyfriend.
In April 2014 a Kansas judge allowed Manning to change his name to “Chelsea.”
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning poses for a picture wearing a wig and lipstick. (AP)
Chelsea Manning, the transgender Army private imprisoned for exposing national security secrets, has joined Twitter with the help from a communications firm.
The company, Fitzgibbon Media, confirmed that it is handling Manning’s account, @xychelsea, posting messages she dictates by phone and telling her about the responses.
Her introductory post went up Friday afternoon. She finished the day with seven more, thanking friends and supporters, expressing the effort it takes to Tweet by phone from prison, and promising “I don’t want this Twitter feed to be a one-way street/conversation.” By Friday evening she had more than 20,000 followers.
Tweeting from prison reqs a lot of effort and using a voice phone to dictate #90sproblems
— Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) April 3, 2015