The Norman Transcript

November 1, 2013

Gender ID dispute could go to court

By David Dishneau
The Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Imprisoned documents leaker Chelsea Manning says she’ll go to court, if necessary, to get treatment for gender identity disorder, also called gender dysphoria.

The Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning wrote in a letter to the Private Manning Support Network that her court-martial defense attorney, David Coombs, is helping her seek treatment for the disorder at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, a men’s military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for sending more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

Manning, 25, wrote that she wants to at least be allowed to live as a woman and receive hormone replacement therapy.