The New York Post reports:
Former Army solider-turned government spy Chelsea Manning was cheered by throngs of supporters at the 48th annual Pride Parade in Manhattan Sunday — the second controversial anti-government figure to be lauded during a city parade this month.
“I guess these recent parades only honor convicted terrorists and convicted traitors,” one law enforcement source said.
Just weeks ago, former terror leader Oscar López Rivera sparked outrage when he was offered the “National Freedom Hero” honor by the organizers of the city’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. Lopez Rivera, a Puerto Rican nationalist, eventually backed out and marched as a participant instead.
Manning — who donned a plaid dress and pixie-like hair-do — was aboard an ACLU float beaming to an adoring crowd, despite being convicted for leaking government secrets.
“Honored to represent the @aclu at this years @NYCPrideMarch,” tweeted Manning, who was released from Leavenworth last month.
“Lost my voice from screaming so much … thank you,” she added with rainbow and heart emojis.
Manning — sentenced to 25 years in prison after admitting to leaking more than 700,000 classified documents in 2013 — was released after being pardoned by President Obama. Her float was pulled by a red sports car with rainbow banners across their chests.
“Happy first Pride March, Chelsea Manning!” the ACLU tweeted.
Manning served seven years for violating the federal Espionage Act when she dumped hundreds of thousands of documents on Wikileaks. She was born Bradley Manning and came out as transgender while in prison.