Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The attorney for WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning,
said his client did not receive a fair trial during last year’s court-martial, and has
today filed to seek clemency from the United States military.
Attorney David Coombs said in statement that under the current administration, any
unauthorized leak to the media of classified information is viewed as tantamount to
aiding the enemy of the United States. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media FORT MEADE—Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of leaking
classified material to the antisecrecy website WikiLeaks, has said he wants to be a
woman and wants to be called Chelsea.
Manning announced the decision in a statement read on NBC’s “Today” show.
The statement read, “I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I
am a female.”
The statement was made public one day after a military court sentenced Manning to
35 years in prison for sending classified documents to WikiLeaks that were then made
Manning’s attorneys had presented evidence of the soldier’s gender-identity struggle
as part of his defense during the military trial.
Manning’s lawyer David Coombs said Manning has requested hormone therapy at the
military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Prosecutors were originally demanding 60 years of hard time for Manning, but his
attorneys said he should not serve more than 25 years.
One wonders if Manning becomes a woman, will he be held in an all-male prison, or
would he be transferred to an all-female facility? What would be the pros and cons
of being held in either facility?
Of course that would probably depend on whether or not Manning plans to retain his
Source: Radio Liberty