NEW YORK (AP) - Bradley Manning says he plans to live as a woman and begin hormone therapy, a day after the soldier was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified information to WikiLeaks.
In a written statement provided to NBC's "Today" show on Thursday morning, Manning said he planned to live as a woman named Chelsea.
A military judge announced the sentence in Manning's court-martial on Wednesday. Manning's struggle with gender identity disorder - his sense that he was a woman trapped in a man's body - was a key part of the defense.
Attorneys had presented evidence of Manning's struggle with gender identity, including a photo of the soldier in a blond wig and lipstick sent to a therapist.
Bradley Manning's lawyer says the Army private is sending President Barack Obama a letter explaining why he decided to leak classified documents to WikiLeaks and is asking for a pardon.
Manning was sentenced to up to 35 years in prison on Wednesday. Amnesty International and the Bradley Manning Support Network have announced an online petition asking Obama to pardon Manning.