Apparently he's been having gender identity issues since he was a kid. In a statement read on Today, Bradley NKA Chelsea said:
"I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am female.. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible."According to Bradley.. er.. Chelsea's attorney, although gender issue problems were a factor in releasing the tons of classified information to Wikileaks- information that ultimately endangered many individuals fighting for our freedom- it was really Manning's "strong moral compass" that prompted his actions.
Strong moral compass? Hmmm. Giving information to a foreign entity (Julian Assange) that could place many people in danger, isn't indicative of a strong moral compass. At least if he had expunged certain info before handing it over to Assange, I would feel a tad more sympathy for the guy, but nope.
His lawyer said he will do everything in his power to make sure Manning gets his hormone therapy.
Now, I don't care what he does with his body, but as I have said before, jail birds don't deserve special treatment, especially when the taxpayer is responsible for the cost.
Source: Newser, has a video.