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Chelsea Manning To Join The Guardian U.S. As Contributing Opinion Writer

A woman walks past the offices of the Guardian newspaper in central London on August 20, 2013. The British government forced
A woman walks past the offices of the Guardian newspaper in central London on August 20, 2013. The British government forced the Guardian to destroy files or face a court battle over its publication of US security secrets leaked by Edward Snowden, the paper's editor claimed. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Guardian U.S. has hired Chelsea Manning as a contributing opinion writer covering war, gender and freedom of information, Katharine Viner, the publication's editor-in-chief, announced Tuesday via Twitter.

Currently serving a 35-year sentence in federal prison for supplying thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks, Manning -- who was once known as Bradley -- has written on such topics before. In December, she penned an essay for The Guardian titled "I am a transgender woman and the government is denying my civil rights," and in June she wrote a piece for The New York Times blasting the U.S. government for keeping information from the American people.

"I believe that the current limits on press freedom and excessive government secrecy make it impossible for Americans to grasp fully what is happening in the wars we finance," Manning wrote for The Times.

According to Politico, Manning will write her pieces for The Guardian U.S. from Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas and will not be paid for her work.