- Associated Press - Sunday, September 17, 2017

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) - The Latest on Chelsea Manning addressing a conference in Nantucket, Massachusetts (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

Chelsea Manning has told a Massachusetts crowd watching her speak at a conference aimed at “creative thinkers” that she’s not a traitor as her critics have claimed.

Manning addressed the annual conference for The Nantucket Project in Nantucket on Sunday. It was one of Manning’s first public appearances since being released from a military prison in May.

The 29-year-old Manning is a transgender woman who was known as Bradley Manning when she was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents. She was released from a military prison in May after serving seven years.

Manning told the crowd Sunday she took a risk to contribute to political and public discourse and “change the tone of the conversation,” but if anything, “things have gotten worse.”

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3:30 p.m.

Chelsea Manning has told a Massachusetts crowd watching her speak at a conference aimed at “creative thinkers” that she’s not a traitor as her critics have claimed.

Manning is addressing the annual conference for The Nantucket Project in Nantucket on Sunday. This is one of Manning’s first public appearances since being released from a military prison in May.

Manning told the crowd she did the best she could in her circumstances when asked whether she’s a traitor.

The 29-year-old Manning is a transgender woman who was known as Bradley Manning when she was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents. She was released from a military prison in May after serving seven years.

She said she can’t defend herself publicly because the evidence in her case is still classified.

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2:45 p.m.

Chelsea Manning is addressing a conference in Nantucket, one of her first public appearances since being released from a military prison in May.

Manning is attending the annual conference for The Nantucket Project on Sunday in Massachusetts. The Nantucket Project is a venture founded to bring together creative thinkers.

Project co-founder Tom Scott said they invited Manning for “clarity of understanding.”

The 29-year-old Manning is a transgender woman who was known as Bradley Manning when she was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents. She was released from a military prison in May after serving seven years.

Scott said some of the attendees were upset that Manning was invited, but he didn’t consider retracting the invitation. Harvard University reversed its decision to name Manning a visiting fellow Friday.

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