Chelsea Manning was released from military prison today. President Obama commuted the bulk of her 35 yr sentence as one of his final acts as President. With the benefit of hindsight, its easy to see now how Manning, along with Edward Snowden, were pawns in a long-running Russian plot to destabilize the West. By releasing vast troves of highly classified data via Wikileaks and similar sites, Manning and Snowden gave such releases a credibility - and legitimacy - that would later come back to haunt us. Manning will be living in seclusion in the immediate period following her release. There was a GoFundMe campaign that apparently raised more than $130,000 to cover her initial living expenses. I don't wish Chelsea Manning ill, and I certainly agree with President Obama's decision to commute much of her sentence. But it is hard for me to forget the small - but pivotal - role Manning played in the unfolding catastrophe that has resulted in Donald Trump as President of the United States.