Manning appeared in an interview on ABC after being released from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth serving seven years. Manning was convicted by a military tribunal for violating the Espionage Act. An act of treason that former President Barack Obama pardoned before his presidency was up.
Manning’s original sentence was 35 years but was released after serving 7.
“Thank you,” Manning said to Obama in the interview ABC’s Juju Chang.
“I’ve been given a chance,” Manning added. “That’s all I asked for was a chance. That’s it, and now this is my chance.”