BALTIMORE (AP) — A lawyer for Chelsea Manning says the U.S. soldier is doing well as she goes through the indoctrination process in prison.

David Coombs says on his blog Thursday that he was able to speak with Manning, previously known as Bradley Manning, while she goes through the three-week indoctrinations.

Coombs says Wednesday was the first time he talked with Manning since she was sentenced to 35 years for leaking huge amounts of classified U.S. material to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Coombs says inmates are not usually allowed to have outside contact during indoctrinations, but the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks made an exception for Manning.

The lawyer says Manning has made friends and is grateful for the support for her decision to live as a woman.