Bradley Manning: 'I am Chelsea... I am a female'
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Bradley Manning, the US soldier sentenced to 35 years for leaking secret documents, said on Thursday that he now considers himself to be a woman called Chelsea.
"As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me," the 25-year-old said in a statement read out on NBC's TODAY show in the presence of his lawyer, David Coombs.
"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," the statement said.