The Pentagon is moving toward transferring Pvt. Chelsea Manning from a military prison to a civilian prison so the WikiLeaks leaker can receive hormone treatment after being diagnosed by military doctors with gender dysphoria, “a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender.”
Formerly known as Bradley Manning, the private was court-martialed last year and sentenced to 35 years for forwarding a cache of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
After an August 2013 espionage conviction for leaking more than 700,000 documents and video, Manning announced that she would live as a woman with the name Chelsea going forward. A non-military judge approved the name change last month. Hormone therapy, which she has requested, will assist her in her transition. Currently, that therapy is not an option in military prisons.
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