Transgender activist and former Maryland Senate candidate Chelsea Manning on Tuesday compared living in the United States to being in prison.
Manning, who served seven years in prison before being released last year, said during a public appearance in London that she sees "a lot of similarities" between being in prison and living in the U.S., according to The Guardian.
“You think about the surveillance systems, the cameras, or the police presence, and you think about the fact that we have walls around our country, and that is very much the same thing that is inside a prison," she said. "… I see a lot of similarities between the world out here and the world that was in there.”
Manning also called the U.S. a "large, big prison" and took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE>, describing him as “the result of the system that we have."
“He’s the result of systematic problems," she said. "There was already deportations happening before Donald Trump. He’s just the end result of that."
Manning was first arrested in 2010 and was convicted in 2013 of leaking military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks while working as an Army intelligence analyst. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking the documents to WikiLeaks and served her sentence in a male prison.
Former President Obama granted Manning clemency in the finals days of his presidency, and she was released from prison last year in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
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