Chelsea Manning finds a sympathetic crowd in NY appearance

In this photo provided by The New Yorker, Chelsea Manning, left, speaks to New Yorker writer Larissa MacFarquhar during an appearance at the New Yorker Festival on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in New York. Manning appeared before a largely sympathetic crowd at the annual festival, where she spoke about her life, her views, her transition to a transgender woman, and the circumstances surrounding her leaking of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. (Patrick Butler/The New Yorker via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Manning may have been disinvited from Harvard, but she received a warm welcome and even some sympathetic tears from a crowd at the annual New Yorker Festival.

Manning, the former Army private who was released from prison in May after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence, gave an extensive interview on Sunday.

She reiterated that she felt she was doing the right thing when she leaked a huge trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, and spoke of a painful ordeal in solitary confinement, saying she’d spent the last seven years just trying to stay alive.

Manning, a transgender woman, says that even though it’s frightening to be out in the limelight now, she plans to continue to be an activist for LGBT rights and for transparency in government.

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