Chelsea Manning Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Chelsea Manning Net Worth

Chelsea Manning has an estimated net worth of $1 million. U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning delivered hundreds of thousands of classified documents that she found troubling to WikiLeaks, and was sentenced to 35 years in prison for espionage and theft.

Chelsea Manning, who was born Bradley Manning, joined the Army in 2007 and was sent to Iraq in 2009. There, she had access to classified information that she described as deeply troubling. Manning shared much of that information with WikiLeaks and was later arrested after a hacker confidant told the U.S. government about her activities.

On July 30, 2013, Manning was found guilty of espionage and theft but not guilty of aiding the enemy and sentenced to 35 years in prison. President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s remaining sentence, and she was released from prison on May 17, 2017.

To calculate the net worth of Chelsea Manning, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:


Chelsea Manning

Net Worth: $1 Million
Monthly Salary: $10 Thousand
Annual Income: $200 Thousand
Source of Wealth: U.S. Army intelligence analyst

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Early Life 

Bradley Manning was born on December 17, 1987 in Crescent, Oklahoma. Years later, Manning revealed that she is transgender and will be legally known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Manning was gifted as a child and had a strong interest in computers. Manning, despite presenting as a boy during her youth, dressed as a girl in private at times, feeling profoundly alienated and fearful about her secret. She was bullied at school, and her mother attempted suicide once. (Later, her father would paint a more stable picture of the family.)

Joining the Army

Manning spent her adolescence in Wales with her mother after her parents divorced, where she was bullied by her peers. She eventually returned to the United States to live with her stepmother and former soldier father.

After Manning lost his tech job, the family had major squabbles, and Manning’s stepmother called the cops after one particularly heated argument. Manning was homeless at the time, living in a pickup truck for a while before eventually moving in with her paternal aunt.

Manning enlisted in the Army in 2007 at the request of her father, motivated by the desire to serve her country and the belief that a military environment would alleviate her desire to exist openly as a woman.

She was also the target of severe bullying there at first, and the besieged, emotionally drained Manning lashed out at superior officers. Her time at Fort Drum in New York, on the other hand, had its ups and downs. Tyler Watkins, a Brandeis University student who introduced Manning to Boston’s hacker community, began dating her.

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Leak and Arrest

Manning was stationed at Forward Operating Base Hammer in Iraq in 2009, a remote location near the Iranian border. Her job as an intelligence analyst there gave her access to a lot of sensitive information. Some of this information terrified Manning, including videos of unarmed civilians being shot at and killed.

Manning allegedly made her first contact with Julian Assange’s Wikileaks in November 2009, after contacting The New York Times and The Washington Post. While working in Iraq, she gathered information such as war logs from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, private cables from the State Department, and assessments of Guantánamo detainees.

While on leave in Rockville, Maryland, in February 2010, she passed this information to Wikileaks, which amounted to hundreds of thousands of documents, many of which were classified. The organization released a video in April showing a helicopter crew shooting at civilians after mistaking a telephoto lens for weaponry. Other information was released throughout the year.

Manning had behavioral issues after returning to Iraq, including assaulting an officer. She was demoted and informed that she would be fired. Manning then contacted a stranger online, hacker Adrian Lamo. Manning told Lamo about the leaks while using the screen name “bradass87.” Lamo informed the Defense Department of his findings, which resulted in Manning’s arrest in May 2010.

Controversial Imprisonment

Manning was first imprisoned in Kuwait, where she developed suicidal thoughts. She was transferred to a Marine base in Virginia after returning to the United States. Manning spent the majority of her time in solitary confinement, unable to leave her small, windowless cell for 23 hours a day. She was kept naked in her cell and was not allowed to have a pillow or sheets because she was deemed a suicide risk.

Even after a psychiatrist determined that Manning was no longer a danger to herself, her conditions of confinement remained unchanged.

There was an international outcry when word of these conditions spread. Manning was transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 2011, where she was permitted to keep personal items in a windowed cell. In January 2013, Manning’s case judge ruled that her imprisonment had been excessively harsh and granted her a sentencing credit.

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Charges and Court Martial

Manning was charged with leaking classified information in June 2010. Additional fees were introduced in March 2011. These included the charge of assisting the enemy, because the information Manning leaked was accessible to Al-Qaeda.

Manning pleaded guilty to storing and leaking military information in February 2013. She explained that her actions were meant to spark debate rather than harm the United States.

Throughout her court martial, she continued to plead not guilty to several other charges. Manning was found guilty of 20 counts on July 30, including espionage, theft, and computer fraud. However, the judge found Manning not guilty of assisting the enemy, the most serious charge she faced.


Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on August 21, 2013. Manning was dishonorably discharged, demoted, and forced to forfeit his entire pay.

The Obama administration maintained that Manning’s leaks endangered military and diplomatic sources. Even after Manning’s conviction, there is still debate about whether she shared dangerous intelligence or if she was a whistleblower who was punished too harshly.

Transgender Identity

Manning revealed on the morning talk show Today the day after her sentencing that she is transgender. “As I enter the next stage of my life, I want everyone to know the real me.” My name is Chelsea Manning. I am a woman. Given how I feel and have felt since childhood, I want to start hormone therapy as soon as possible,” Manning explained.

Manning was granted the right to be legally recognized as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning in late April 2014 after filing a court petition. The army provided hormone therapy to the former intelligence analyst, who was still being held at Fort Leavenworth, but other restrictions were imposed, including hair length restrictions.

Manning was reportedly threatened with solitary confinement during the summer of 2015 for violating prison rules, which her attorneys claimed were veiled forms of harassment by authorities.

Manning’s attorneys filed an appeal against her conviction and 35-year sentence in May 2016, claiming that “no whistleblower in American history has been sentenced this harshly,” and that the sentence was “perhaps the most unjust sentence in the history of the military justice system.”

Manning was hospitalized on July 5, 2016, following a suicide attempt. She was sentenced to solitary confinement after a disciplinary hearing regarding her suicide attempt. She attempted suicide again on October 4, 2016, while spending the first night in solitary confinement.

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Granted Clemency and Release

Support for her release grew, and 117,000 people signed a petition asking President Barack Obama to commute her sentence in the final days of his presidency. Obama did just that on January 17, 2017, shortening Manning’s remaining prison sentence, allowing her to be released on May 17, 2017. (An administration official stated that she was not immediately released to allow time to handle matters such as housing.)

Manning served seven years of a 35-year sentence, with some Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, criticizing the clemency act.

Manning has written a series of columns for The Guardian in which she discusses gender identity, incarceration, and political issues. Manning was featured in the September 2017 issue of Vogue magazine, four months after her release from prison, with photographs by Annie Liebovitz. Manning shared a photo from the article in which she is wearing a red bathing suit on the beach, with the caption, “Guess this is what freedom looks like.”

“My goal for the next six months is to figure out where I want to go,” Manning said in an interview with Vogue. “I have values with which I can identify: responsibility and compassion.”

Those are extremely important to me. Do what you want, say what you want, and be yourself because you are loved unconditionally no matter what.”

Senate Campaign

Manning announced in early 2018 that she would run in the Democratic primary against Maryland’s two-term U.S. Senator Ben Cardin. Positioning herself to the left of her opponent, whom she dismissed as an establishment insider, she advocated for a reduction in police presence on the streets and a universal basic income.

Manning, who has lived in Maryland since her release from prison, said it was an easy decision to run for office in “the place that I have the strongest roots and ties to out of anywhere else.”

Her bid, however, was viewed as a long shot against a popular incumbent, especially after a pair of late-May tweets that raised concerns about her well-being.

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Return to Custody

Manning revealed in late February 2019 that she was fighting a subpoena to testify before a grand jury about her interactions with Wikileaks. She was arrested on March 9 after a federal judge found her in contempt for her refusal to cooperate, and she was held in solitary confinement for a month before being transferred to the general population of a Virginia prison.

After Assange was arrested in London in April, it was reported that Manning’s grand jury subpoena was based on her alleged online conversations with Assange around the time she forwarded classified documents to Wikileaks.

Manning was released from custody on May 9 and summoned to appear before a new grand jury the next day. She, however, refused to comply once more and was returned to jail on May 16.

Manning was hospitalized on March 11, 2020, after attempting suicide. A federal judge ordered her release from jail and dismissed the grand jury that had sought her testimony the next day, but Manning was still fined $256,000 for defying the subpoena.

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