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Secrets leaker Manning to begin gender treatments

Chelsea Manning To Begin Gender Reassignment Treatment

WASHINGTON (AP) - National security leaker Chelsea Manning can get initial treatment for a gender-identity condition from the military after the Bureau of Prisons rejected the Army's request to accept her transfer from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved the Army's recommendation to keep the Army private in military custody and start a rudimentary level of gender treatment, a defense official said Thursday. Defense officials have said the Army doesn't have the medical expertise needed to give Manning the best treatment.

The initial gender treatments provided by the military could include allowing Manning to wear some female undergarments and also possibly provide some hormone treatments.

The decision raises a number of questions about what level of treatment Manning will be able to get and at what point she would have to be transferred from the all-male prison to a female facility.

In May, Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, had contended that civilian prisons were not as safe as military facilities. In a statement, he had said, "It is common knowledge that the federal prison system cannot guarantee the safety and security of Chelsea in the way that the military prison system can."

Coombs told The Associated Press on Thursday that he was encouraged that the Army will begin medical treatment.

"It has been almost a year since we first filed our request for adequate medical care," Coombs said. "I am hopeful that when the Army says it will start a 'rudimentary level' of treatment that this means hormone replacement therapy."

If hormone therapy is not provided, he said he will have to take "appropriate legal action to ensure Chelsea finally receives the medical treatment she deserves and is entitled to under the law."

Manning has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the sense of being a woman in a man's body. The Army tried to work out a plan to transfer Manning to a federal prison where she could get better treatment.

Officials said Thursday that federal authorities refused the proposal. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly by name.

The Army sends an average of 15 to 20 prisoners a year to civilian prisons. But Manning's appeals have not been exhausted, she's still in the military and her case is of national security interest. Those are factors that normally could prevent a transfer.

According to a complaint filed by Manning, she asked that a treatment plan consider three types of measures: "real life experience," a regimen in which the person tries dressing and living in the new gender; hormone therapy, which changes some physical traits such as breast and hair growth; and sex reassignment surgery. Manning has not publicly said whether she wants surgery, and the proposed plan was not released.

Manning's treatment request was the first by a transgender military inmate, and it set up a dilemma for the department over how to treat a soldier for a diagnosed disorder without violating long-standing military policy.

The former intelligence analyst was sentenced in August for six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offenses for giving WikiLeaks more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents, along with battlefield video, while working in Iraq in 2009 and 2010.

After the conviction, Manning announced the desire to live as a woman and legally changed her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning from Bradley Edward Manning.

Manning cannot be discharged from the service while serving her 35-year prison sentence.

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albatroll July 18 2014 at 8:30 AM

Veterans who served this country honorably are being screwed by the VA while this piece of excrement is given the royal treatment? What the hell is wrong with our government?

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Sparky5229 July 18 2014 at 8:17 AM

This is a bunch of garbage ,the tax payers are going to foot the bill for this clown to turn into a woman ,i dont care if he turns into Elephant .

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mailfella1 July 18 2014 at 8:43 AM

WTF. Our honorable veterans who serve this country can't get proper medical treatment, but this freak can get a sex change! Our government and society are totally screwed up. Someone please help! We need drastic change and overhaul of society

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bullmesht July 18 2014 at 8:30 AM

I could turn him into a woman with a 15 dollar swiss army knife.

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kidders54 July 18 2014 at 8:40 AM

I am sorry, but this is so wrong on so many levels. The the heck is this Country turning into that the American People have to pay for this traitors sex change. I just don't get it one bit.

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eaglephoenix2 July 18 2014 at 9:39 AM

This is a personal elective surgery and should be paid for from Womannings personal funds and not the taxpayer. Total BS.

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pro41willys July 18 2014 at 8:37 AM

Just one "CUT" is all it takes for this looser to feel what he should feel.....its discusting that they cater to this worthless asswipe.....while a real hero rots away in a Mexican jail.....with the un-American "halfrican" we have in office is doing nothing but photos ops....and golfing. What a class act....and the clown got voted in twice.

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Jay July 18 2014 at 8:53 AM

Since when does the tax payer have to fund anything for a traitor? This guy should hang and that is all there is to it.

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bullmesht July 18 2014 at 8:37 AM

What they should have done is shot his/hers dumb ass. He/she is a traitor. Who in the hell makes these dumb ass decisions?

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newonc bullmesht July 18 2014 at 9:04 AM

This is controlled by the "hero" in the oval office

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smashingmonkey bullmesht July 18 2014 at 9:26 AM

The weird thing, to me, is that Manning exposed so many awful things about the CURRENT administration, you'd think the right-wingers would be all over it. Sadly, 99% of Americans simply don't want to know the truth about their government and military.

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Butch July 18 2014 at 12:34 PM

The Army should have shot the little bastard for spying. If the Army really wants he'/she's to serve, sure lets make a couple of Divisions of them. To speed up the process, put the he/she's out front. After losing, at least a real Army will be in place, it may not be American. But it will be an Army made up of Soldiers, not a bunch of losers who don't know what sex they are. This PC bull shi+ has gone far enough, It time for the Army got its head out of its a** and started acting like a Army again. Yes, I am a Veteran.

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