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Bradley Manning Declares Himself ‘Chelsea’

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.
Thank you,
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.

You’re welcome Stace — you can put one up at ViralRead.


73 Responses to “Bradley Manning Declares Himself ‘Chelsea’”

  1. RMNixonDeceased
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    “Latin had been ended in Hi Skools by the time I got back to the states and to Hi Skool. Didn’t…” — Quartermaster

  2. RMNixonDeceased
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    “I am reminded of the words of Marcus Tullius Cicero:Gens potest superesse suo stulti, et etiam…” — rmnixondeceased

  3. CrunchBerg
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    I have away military ops and spy info but it is totez cool cause i think I’m a girl now

  4. Fareedi al Laayla al Kakhol
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    Undeserved! Our Imperious Leader recently used this line in his series about Miss Honey Boo-hoo bi-curious special snowFLAKE radical feminist child…

  5. Freddie Sykes
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    Ernest Borgnine died last summer. A great talent who had a very long career. Just don’t ask about his secret for longevity.

  6. herddog505
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    How did this clown ever get into the Army in the first place???

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  8. concern00
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    Let me be the first to say that I don’t think he deserves to have a penis.

  9. concern00
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    Let me be the first to say that I don’t think he deserves to have a penis.

  10. Bob Belvedere
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 5:34 pm


  11. Bob Belvedere
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    Just don’t ask about his secret for longevity.


  12. concern00
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    Back in the 80’s/90’s I was called as a reference for a friend of mine applying for a job with a high level security clearance. They explicitly questioned his sexuality with the obvious implication that homosexuality and other sexual deviancy were considered a character flaw that would disqualify them from the clearance and the job.

    I’m glad to see we’ve cleared up that misunderstanding and we now feel that our nation’s secrets should be equally available to all.

  13. M. Thompson
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    See my comment on the RSM post on this subject, Mr. B.

  14. Bob Belvedere
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    Damn well said, QM, damn well said.

  15. Freddie Sykes
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    No, definitely hands-on!

  16. Finrod Felagund
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    Well, at least it’s a better name than Hillary.

  17. M. Thompson
    August 23rd, 2013 @ 12:39 am

    He’s a man looking to be turned into a not-woman.

  18. Finrod Felagund
    August 23rd, 2013 @ 1:37 am

    My college diploma is in Latin, actually.

  19. rmnixondeceased
    August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    As it should be.

  20. rmnixondeceased
    August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Heh. Ernie’s over on the other side of the campus from me …

  21. rmnixondeceased
    August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    “Pin-Dick the Bug-Fucker” is a better name than Hillary.

  22. RMNixonDeceased
    August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    “”Pin-Dick the Bug-Fucker” is a better name than Hillary.” — rmnixondeceased

  23. Quartermaster
    August 24th, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    Classical Latin is different than Ecclesiastical Latin, according to people I’ve talked to that have need for both. Apparently Germans determined how late Latin would be spoken (as it has been brought to us, although I may have this reversed). For someone that is interested in theological research, as I am, there would be a need for both. I am aware there are programs that offer Latin. I think both Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur offer Latin. Now, if only I could find the time.

    I’d like to retire, but, alas, I am over a quarter million poorer since I had to fight Georgia’s state supported kidnappers to keep them from adopting out two of my grandkids that my daughter neglected. She was wrong, but if I had not fought and been present in court, they were going to adopt them out and I never would have seen them again, and there is no telling what kind of people they would have had to suffer under.