Manning had come out to two friends in Oklahoma as gay, but was not open about it at school in Wales.
and apparently abandoned her once during a camping trip; her aunt told The Washington Post that Manning awoke to an empty camp site one morning, after everyone else had packed up their tents and left without her.
Reaction to Manning's disclosures, arrest, and sentence was mixed.
Her biographer, Denver Nicks, writes that the leaked diplomatic cables were seen by some (but disputed by others) as a catalyst for the Arab Spring that began in December 2010, she was the second child of Susan Fox, originally from Wales, and Brian Manning, an American.
A childhood friend of Manning's, speaking about a conversation they had when Manning was 13, said: "he told me he was gay." The friend also said that Manning's home life was not good and that her father was very controlling. She and her mother Susan moved out of the house to a rented apartment in Crescent, Oklahoma.