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.
Susan's instability continued, and in 1998 she attempted suicide; Manning's sister drove their mother to the hospital, with the 11-year-old Manning sitting in the back of the car trying to make sure their mother was still breathing.
Her boss told The Washington Post that on a few occasions Manning had "just locked up" and would simply sit and stare, and in the end communication became too difficult.
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.
As an adult she reached 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) and weighed around 105 pounds (48 kg). The family lived several miles out of town, and Manning's mother was unable to drive.