The military is set to begin the initial “rudimentary level of gender treatment” for Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst who was found guilty of committing six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offenses. Manning had given WikiLeaks, the website that publishes government secrets, over 700,000 secret military and State Department documents while stationed in Iraq in 2009 and 2010.
After he was convicted, Manning announced that he wanted to live life as woman, and legally changed his name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning from Bradley Edward Manning.
In August, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. And since he won’t be discharged for treatment while in military custody, the sex change process will be courtesy of taxpayers.
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