‘I am Chelsea Manning’


CHELSEA. Bradley Manning, the US soldier sentenced to 35 years for leaking secret documents, said he now considers himself to be a woman. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP


The US soldier convicted for leaking secret government documents wants to be known by a different name — as a female.

On Thursday, Bradley Manning announces a plan to begin hormone therapy. In a statement, Manning writes, “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.” On Wednesday, Manning is sentenced for 35 years in prison for leaking thousands of classified documents. During the trial, lawyers showed a photo of Manning wearing lipstick and a blonde wig. They say this indicated the stress the 25-year-old soldier was under

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