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Convicted Army private reveals gender identity

Manning’s lawyer says they will seek hormone therapy

WASHINGTON — One day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison, the Army private first class who was convicted of leaking vast archives of secret government files to WikiLeaks said in a statement Thursday, “I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”

Manning’s defense lawyer, David E. Coombs, appeared on the “Today” show, where the statement was read, saying the private, whose given name was Bradley Manning, had felt female since childhood, a fact that was discussed during the court-martial.

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