The Guardian’s Newest Columnist: Chelsea Manning

She was charged with 22 offenses and is serving a 35-year prison sentence

The Guardian U.S.’s Editor-in-Chief Katharine Viner took to Twitter Tuesday to announce that Chelsea Manning will be contributing pieces to the British newspaper from the Fort Leavenworth prison “on the subjects of war, gender, and freedom of information.”

Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning,  a former U.S. soldier convicted of violating the Espionage Act in 2013  for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

She was charged with 22 offenses and is serving a 35-year prison sentence.

In 2013, she underwent a sex change while in prison. A year later, she wrote an essay published in The Guardian on transgender rights entitled: “I am a transgender woman and the government is violating my civil rights” 

Viner said on Twitter that The Guardian will not be paying Manning for her work.

h/t Politico