Convicted felon Bradley Manning expects government-subsidized sex change
Sentenced to 35 years in prison for providing classified information to WikiLeaks, former US Army soldier Bradley Manning said in a statement read on NBC's Today show on August 22 that he will seek hormone therapy and live as a woman. He wants to be known as Chelsea Manning. "As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me," Manning said. "I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition."
Attorney David Coombs, who is counsel to Manning, told the Today program that he expects that the US government will subsidize Manning's sex change therapy while he is serving time at the Fort Leavenworth military prison in Texas. "I'm hoping Fort Leavenworth would do the right thing and provide that," Coombs said. "If Fort Leavenworth does not, then I am going to do everything in my power to make sure that they are forced to do so."
Manning's gender confusion was frequently a subject of discussion during his trial. He was found to have illegally provided 750,000 classified documents. A photographe that the US military has circulated depicts Manning wearing a blonde wig. Manning had sent the photo to his sergeant in an email entitled "My Problem." Last week, Manning said during sentencing that when he released the documents, he was "dealing with a lot of issues."
In his "My Problem" email, Manning wrote "It's not going away, it's haunting me more and more as I get older," adding "Now, the consequences of it are dire, at a time when it's causing me great pain in itself. As a result, I'm not sure what to do about it." During the trial, an Army psychologist summoned by Manning's defense team said that the erstwhile soldier appeared to be isolated and under intense pressure as a male soldier struggling with gender identity issues.
Manning's attorney has asked that his client not "rot in jail." "The time to end Brad's suffering is now," attorney Coombs told a news conference on August 21. "The time for our president to focus on protecting whistleblowers instead of punishing them is now." Manning was tried under military law, and avoided prosecution for aiding the enemy. He has now been dishonorably discharged and is forfeit his pay and benefits. He is eligible for parole in 7 years.
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