Whistleblower Chelsea Manning 'safe' after series of concerning tweets

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning 'safe' after series of concerning tweets
Photo credit: Twitter/ Chelsea Manning

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is reportedly safe after sending a series of tweets that had people concerned for her welfare.

"Chelsea is safe. she is on the phone with friends, thanks everyone for your concern and please give her some space [sic]," a tweet from her account said at 4pm (NZ time).

Ms Manning had tweeted and then deleted an image that led many of her 300,000 followers to become worried about her safety.

One of the deleted tweets said: "Im sorry i let you all down - im not really cut out for this world - i tried adapting to this world out here but i failed you - i couldn't do this anymore - i can take people i know hating me but not my own friends - i tried and im sorry about my failure."

The former US Army soldier and intelligence analyst became a household name when she leaked classified data to WikiLeaks.

She was convicted of espionage and other offences in 2013, and came out as transgender shortly after her sentencing.

After serving seven years in prison, she had her sentence commuted by former US President Barack Obama.

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