I’ll sue Army for my sex-swap! SAYS WIK­ILEAKS SOLDIER BRADLEY

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WHISTLE­BLOWER soldier Bradley Man­ning an­nounced that he wanted to live as a woman the day af­ter he was sen­tenced be­cause a mil­i­tary prison said it would not pro­vide hor­mone treat­ment, his lawyer has re­vealed.

David Coombs said Man­ning, who now wants to be known as Chelsea, had known for a long time he would make such a state­ment, but “she wanted, es­sen­tially, for the me­dia sur­round­ing the trial to dis­si­pate”.

Man­ning did not want peo­ple to think the state­ment was a pub­lic­ity stunt.

“Peo­ple might think it was an ef­fort to get fur­ther at­ten­tion,” said Mr Coombs, of Prov­i­dence, Rhode Is­land.

Mr Coombs said he and Man­ning knew the US Army might not pro­vide hor­mone treat­ment but were hop­ing the mil­i­tary prison at Fort Leav­en­worth, Kansas, would al­low it since Man­ning had been di­ag­nosed with gender-iden­tity dis­or­der by an army psy­chi­a­trist who gave ev­i­dence at his trial.

It was not un­til they read a Court­house News Ser­vice story that Man­ning de­cided to make the an­nounce­ment.

The story quoted spokes­woman Kim­berly Lewis say­ing the prison would not pro­vide hor­mone ther­apy.

It was pub­lished on Au­gust 20, the day be­fore Man­ning was sen­tenced to 35 years in prison for leak­ing moun­tains of clas­si­fied ma­te­rial to Wik­iLeaks. “It was Chelsea’s in­tent to do this all along,” Mr Coombs said.

“It was only af­ter Fort Leav­en­worth had said that they would not pro­vide any sort of med­i­cal treat­ment that we de­cided not to wait.”

Mr Coombs said he hoped the mil­i­tary prison “will sim­ply do the right thing” so Man­ning will not have to sue in mil­i­tary or civil­ian court.

He said at this point Man­ning did not want sex-re­as­sign­ment surgery and ex­pected to be kept with men in prison. The Fort Leav­en­worth prison is all-male.

Mr Coombs said Man­ning would pay for hor­mone ther­apy.

The ther­apy typ­i­cally in­volves high doses of oe­stro­gen to pro­mote breast de­vel­op­ment and other fe­male char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Mr Coombes de­scribed it as sim­i­lar to en­sur­ing some­one with high blood pres­sure re­ceived med­i­ca­tion.

He also said on his blog that Man­ning chose El­iz­a­beth as his new mid­dle name, re­plac­ing Ed­ward. He posted Man­ning’s state­ment about her iden­tity change, which was dis­played on NBC’s Today show.

Mr Coombs said Man­ning hand-wrote the state­ment, with some help from the lawyer, who typed it. The state­ment was signed Chelsea Man­ning.

He said Man­ning knows there is the po­ten­tial for con­fu­sion with the name change, and ex­pected to be re­ferred to as Bradley when it has to do with events prior to sen­tenc­ing, the ap­peal of the court-mar­tial and the re­quest for a pres­i­den­tial par­don. Prison mail must be ad­dressed to Bradley Man­ning.

“There’s a re­al­i­sa­tion that most peo­ple know her as Bradley,” Mr Coombs said.

Man­ning was de­moted from pri­vate first class to pri­vate at sen­tenc­ing.

He will be dis­hon­ourably dis­charged when he fin­ishes the prison sen­tence. The ear­li­est he can be re­leased is 2020.

ALL CHANGE: Man­ning as Bradley and

Chelsea

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