Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, also known as Bradley Edward Manning, convicted as well as sentenced to the military prison for leaking important classified documents in Wikileaks case, announced the intention of living the life as a woman. He was diagnosed of gender-identity disorder by an Army psychiatrist. The Army Prison refused to provide hormone therapy to him.
Who is Chelsea Manning or Bradley Manning?
• Chelsea Elizabeth Manning was born as Bradley Edward Manning on 17 December 1987.
• He is the former United States Army soldier.
• He was convicted in July 2013 for violating the Espionage Act as well as many other offences, after he released largest set of official documents to the public through Wikileaks. He was therefore sentenced to 35 years of imprisonment on 21 August 2013.
Background of the Case
In the year 2009, he was assigned the role of intelligence analyst to an Army unit which was based near Baghdad. He had access to the databases which were used by the United States government in order to transmit the classified information.
In May 2010, he was arrested in Iraq after a hacker named Adrian Lamo informed Army Counterintelligence about Manning leaking the official documents to Wikileaks. The material leaked included 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan, 2007 Baghdad airstrike and much more. The material was published by Wikileaks between April and November 2010.
Eventually, Bradley Manning was charged with 22 offences in all, in which, the most serious charge was that of aiding the enemy. He was held at Marine Corps Brig, Quantico, Virginia, from July 2010 to April 2011 under Prevention of Injury status, which led to solitary confinement along with other restrictions. He was then transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He pleaded guilty, therefore bringing down his number of charges to ten. The trial of the remaining charges began on 3 June 2013 and on 30 July 2013, he was convicted finally of 17 of original charges as well as amended versions of other four.
Bradley Manning serves the sentence at Fort Leavenworth.