Bradley Manning Wants To Live As Woman Named Chelsea

By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)
By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ A military spokesman says if Bradley Manning is allowed to live in prison as a woman it won't be at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.

George Marcec says Thursday that neither the maximum security U.S. Disciplinary Barracks where Manning will serve his time nor the adjacent Joint Regional Confinement Facility were equipped to house female inmates.

Manning was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for sending classified material to WikiLeaks.

Manning announced Thursday that he wants to go by the name Chelsea E. Manning. He says he will ask the Army to allow him to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.

Marcec says Manning will have access to mental health professionals but the prison system doesn't provide hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery for inmates.

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