Manning learned how to use Power Point, won the grand prize three years in a row at the local science fair, and in sixth grade, took top prize at a statewide quiz bowl.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.
Friends and neighbors considered the Mannings a troubled family.
In a 2011 interview Manning's father said, "People need to understand that he's a young man that had a happy life growing up." He also said that Manning excelled at the saxophone, science, and computers, and created a website at the age of 10.
Assigned in 2009 to an Army unit in Iraq as an intelligence analyst, Manning had access to classified databases.
In early 2010, she leaked classified information to Wiki Leaks and confided this to Adrian Lamo, an online acquaintance.
Manning attended the town's Tasker Milward secondary school.
A school friend there told Ed Caesar for The Sunday Times that Manning's personality was "unique, extremely unique.Are you a Oklahoma single looking for a single lesbian woman to settle down and have children with?Oklahoma lesbian single women are here on Zoosk looking to meet someone too. The couple returned to the United States in 1979, settling first in California.After their move near Crescent, Oklahoma, they bought a two-story house with an above-ground swimming pool and 5 acres (2 hectares) of land, where they kept pigs and chickens.His new wife, also named Susan, had a son from a previous relationship.