Chelsea Manning Getting Gender Treatment

    U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of giving classified state documents to WikiLeaks, is pictured dressed as a woman in this 2010 photograph obtained on August 14, 2013. Lawyers for Manning sought to show during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday that the Army ignored his mental health problems and bizarre behavior. Manning's violent outbursts and his emailing a supervisor this photo of himself in a dress and blond wig with the caption "This is my problem" were signs the gay soldier should not have a job as an intelligence analyst, defense attorney David Coombs told the court-martial. REUTERS/U.S. Army/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)  ATTENTION EDITORS ñ THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTX12LI7


    The Department of Defense will try to transfer convicted national-security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison in response to her request for hormone therapy to be able to live as a female. The request was a first for the Pentagon, as transgender individuals are not allowed to serve in the military, and the Pentagon does not provide for treatment, but Manning is not allowed legally to be discharged while serving her 35-year sentence. With officials believing keeping her in a military prison and preventing her from receiving treatment could be considered a cruel and unusual punishment, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved a transfer plan with the Federal Bureau of Prisons last month. Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted of sending classified documents to WikiLeaks.

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