Army private Bradley Manning says he wants to live as a woman

Aug 22, 2013 8:09 AM

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.


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