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Army: We won't provide transgender Manning with hormone treatment or sex reassignment surgery

Convicted WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning confirmed today that she is transgender and asked to be referred to as Chelsea and with female pronouns.

Mannings' lawyer, David Coombs told the Today show that he hoped officials at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., will accommodate Manning's request for hormone treatment, but the Army said it doesn't provide it or sex-reassignment surgery.

Here is the complete military statement:

We are aware that counsel representing the soldier convicted under the name Bradley Manning conveys that his client now openly identifies as female.

There is no mechanism in place for the US military to provide hormone therapy or gender-reassignment surgery for her.

Inmates at the United States Disciplinary Barracks and Joint Regional Correctional Facility are treated equally regardless of race, rank, ethnicity or sexual orientation. All inmates are considered soldiers and are treated as such with access to mental health professionals, including a
psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers and behavioral science noncommissioned officers with experience in addressing the needs of military personnel in pre- and post-trial confinement.

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This sounds like a common practice of convicted criminals attempting to get out of their sentence using any measure and now this scum is onto the insanity act. It never surprises when someone becomes insane immediately after being convicted and this guy now claiming he is a girl will try other efforts such as talking to himself in the cell and maybe declaring himself some great historic figure like Jesus. If this is the way he wants to play it, we should accommodate him by putting him in an institution after he has served his entire sentence.

Ed Jenkins, your ignorance is showing. Manning's being transgender is evidenced well before she was even discovered in the acts that led to her conviction; she long ago was signing e-mails as "Breanna" and was photographed in female persona, in wig. So this is not something she just invented overnight as a ruse.

In any event, as a matter of law, any so-called "insanity" defense would have needed to be raised at trial, not after conviction, so your whole theory is ridiculous on that ground as well.

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