Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst who was convicted of espionage because she sent classified documents to the WikiLeaks website, has been approved to receive gender reassignment. She is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for her deed. She is formerly known as Bradley Manning and was once believed to be male until she said in August 2013, one day after the court sentence, that she is actually a female.
An year after being convicted for leaking information, Manning, 27, filed a lawsuit in federal court, underlining the fact that she is a woman and is thus being mistreated and her situation is being denied the adequate medical treatment.
According to Defense Department officials, her treatment was finally approved on Feb. 5 by Col. Erica Nelson, a commandant of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where Manning is currently imprisoned.
Bradely Manning first step into becoming a woman was made in April 2014, when Manning changed her legal name form Bradley to Chelsea. It is possible for her to get out on parole in about seven years.
Nevertheless throughout her trial, a Navy psychiatrist analysed her and thus testified that Manning suffers from gender identity disorder, which means that she eagerly wants to be the opposite sex. Apart from this condition Manning suffers from narcissism and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
“The delay in treatment came with a significant cost to Chelsea and her mental health and we are hopeful that the government continues to meet Chelsea’s medical needs as is its obligation under the Constitution so that those harms may be mitigated,”
Chase Strangio, an attorney and counsellor for Manning said.
Lawyers who represented her, from the American Civil Liberties Union said that Manning was as at a high risk of suicide lest she receives the desired treatment. In addition to the hormonal therapy, Manning also requested for her right to live and dress as a woman. The memo that approved for Manning’s hormone treatment was reported by USA Today.
In spite of the fact that transgender people are forbidden to serve in the U.S. military, Manning can’t be discharged from service as she is currently serving her prison sentence.