Introducing the Leaker Formerly Known As Bradley Manning
It appears as though Bradley Manning isn't content with just serving time for espionage; he wants to do it in heels.
Following Manning's conviction on August 22 of 20 charges including espionage and theft for leaking more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, the former Army private has announced that he is transgender and wants to be known as Chelsea E. Manning.
In an open letter to NBC's Today, Manning announced that he is "transitioning into this next phase o my life" and he "wants everyone to know the real me." Manning who was sentenced to 35 years in prison - but is eligible for parole in six and a half years - is seeking hormone therapy which is not provided to those incarcerated in the U.S. prison system.
What's worse, Manning's attorney David Coombs announced that he will proceed with a lawsuit to force the U.S. Army to provide Manning with any gender treatments "she" requests. During his interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie, Coombs commented that he hopes that Fort Leavenworth would "do the right thing" and provide Manning hormone therapy.
"If Fort Leavenworth does not, then I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure they are forced to do so," Coombs vowed.
While Fort Leavenworth does not provide hormone therapy, Manning will be given psychiatric care, likely on the taxpayers' dime. Do the right thing? The right thing would have been for Manning to not release sensitive military documents to WikiLeaks and put our nation's national security at risk.
The U.S. military does not provide sex therapy or reassignment surgery for the general population, so why should it provide it for a man convicted of betraying our nation?