Posted on | August 22, 2013 | 73 Comments
by Ali A. Akbar
In a statement read on the “Today” show this morning, Bradley Manning, who just yesterday was sentenced to 35 years by a judge after he was found guilty of releasing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, declared himself a woman.
“Chelsea” to be more precise.
Here’s the statement:
Subject: The Next Stage of My Life
I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years. Throughout this long ordeal, your letters of support and encouragement have helped keep me strong. I am forever indebted to those who wrote to me, made a donation to my defense fund, or came to watch a portion of the trial. I would especially like to thank Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network for their tireless efforts in raising awareness for my case and providing for my legal representation.
As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.
Chelsea E. Manning
Where Manning is going — Fort Leavenworth — they do not offer hormone therapy, nor gender change procedures. Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, told NBC’s Today show, “If Fort Leavenworth does not, then I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure they are forced to do so.”
Stacy was up late so I figured I’d post this news here on The Other McCain because… well, that’s what he would want the readers to be reading.
The Army's got lots of bullets, right? They can't spare ONE bullet to shoot a cowardly traitor? http://t.co/1JZs69WaWn
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) August 22, 2013
You’re welcome Stace — you can put one up at ViralRead.