Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, told the AP that she will not expect sex-reassignment surgery, while hoping officials at the facility at Fort Leavenworth “will simply do the right thing” and reconsider an August 20 statement saying it would not provide the therapy.
“It was Chelsea’s intent to do this all along,” Coombs said to the AP. “It was only after Fort Leavenworth had said that they would not provide any sort of medical treatment that we decided not to wait.”
Manning announced her identity and her intentions on August 22, the day she was convicted under the name Bradley Manning of leaking documents to WikiLeaks, saying at the time, “I am Chelsea Manning, I am a female. Given the way I feel and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.”
Coombs told the AP she waited until after the verdict was delivered to make her identity known to dispel accusations it was “an effort to get further attention.”
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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