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US soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case granted name change

Published on Apr 24, 2014 4:28 AM

(REUTERS) - Former US soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, can change the name Bradley to Chelsea to reflect her desire to be treated as a woman, a judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday.

Manning's name is now legally Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, according to the decision handed down by Leavenworth County District Judge David King.

Manning will be issued a new birth certificate to reflect the name change. Manning's gender remains male but Manning identifies as a woman.

In a statement issued after the ruling, Manning said she hopes her actions help lead the military and other institutions to recognise the needs of transgendered individuals, including a need for specialised healthcare. "If I'm successful in obtaining access to trans healthcare, it will not only be something I have wanted for a long time myself, but it will also open the door for many people, both inside and outside the military, to request the right to live more open, fulfilled lives," Manning said.

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