Wikileaker Manning's lawyer gives more details on gender change
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) - Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was previously known as Bradley Manning, decided to announce that she wanted to live as a woman the day after sentencing because a military prison said publicly it would not provide hormone treatment, her attorney said on Monday.
Attorney David Coombs told The Associated Press that Manning had known for a long time she would make such a statement, but "she wanted, essentially, for the media surrounding the trial to dissipate."
Manning did not want people to think the statement was insincere.
"People might think it was an effort to get further attention," said Mr Coombs, who lives in Providence, Rhode Island.