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She posted her first steps of freedom …
… Her first piece of pizza.
… Her first drink of alcohol.
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And on Thursday, she posted the first photo of her face since breathing in the outside world. Here, she looks rested, glowing, and at peace. “Okay, so here I am everyone!! 😜 . . #HelloWorld,” she wrote.
The photo is a lovely contrast to reports of her having suffered “cruel and inhumane” treatment in prison, where she was restricted much of the time to solitary confinement and later attempted suicide. In January, President Barack Obama commuted the soldier’s 35-year sentence for leaking thousands of military documents to WikiLeaks, including footage of American soldiers opening fire, unprovoked, in an Iraqi suburb.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.