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Bradley Manning to begin taxpayer funded gender treatment

By Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — National security leaker Chelsea Manning can get initial treatment for a gender-identity condition from the military after the Bureau of Prisons rejected the Army's request to accept her transfer from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved the Army's recommendation to keep the Army private in military custody and start a rudimentary level of gender treatment, a defense official said Thursday. Defense officials have said the Army doesn't have the medical expertise needed to give Manning the best treatment.

The initial gender treatments provided by the military could include allowing Manning to wear some female undergarments and also possibly provide some hormone treatments.

The decision raises a number of questions about what level of treatment Manning will be able to get and at what point she would have to be transferred from the all-male prison to a female facility.

In May, Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, had contended that civilian prisons were not as safe as military facilities. In a statement, he had said, "It is common knowledge that the federal prison system cannot guarantee the safety and security of Chelsea in the way that the military prison system can."

Coombs told The Associated Press on Thursday that he was encouraged that the Army will begin medical treatment.

"It has been almost a year since we first filed our request for adequate medical care," Coombs said. "I am hopeful that when the Army says it will start a 'rudimentary level' of treatment that this means hormone replacement therapy."

If hormone therapy is not provided, he said he will have to take "appropriate legal action to ensure Chelsea finally receives the medical treatment she deserves and is entitled to under the law."

Manning has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the sense of being a woman in a man's body. The Army tried to work out a plan to transfer Manning to a federal prison where she could get better treatment.

Officials said Thursday that federal authorities refused the proposal. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly by name.

The Army sends an average of 15 to 20 prisoners a year to civilian prisons. But Manning's appeals have not been exhausted, she's still in the military and her case is of national security interest. Those are factors that normally could prevent a transfer.

According to a complaint filed by Manning, she asked that a treatment plan consider three types of measures: "real life experience," a regimen in which the person tries dressing and living in the new gender; hormone therapy, which changes some physical traits such as breast and hair growth; and sex reassignment surgery. Manning has not publicly said whether she wants surgery, and the proposed plan was not released.

Manning's treatment request was the first by a transgender military inmate, and it set up a dilemma for the department over how to treat a soldier for a diagnosed disorder without violating long-standing military policy.

The former intelligence analyst was sentenced in August for six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offenses for giving WikiLeaks more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents, along with battlefield video, while working in Iraq in 2009 and 2010.

After the conviction, Manning announced the desire to live as a woman and legally changed her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning from Bradley Edward Manning.

Manning cannot be discharged from the service while serving her 35-year prison sentence.

Associated Press writer Michelle Smith in Providence, Rhode Island, contributed to this report.

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GOPUSA Editor's Note: All gender designations in the story are the responsibility of the Associated Press.

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21 Comments

  1. sockettuemComment by sockettuem
    July 18, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    This is absolutely outrageous. A convicted felon, traitor has no right to elective sex change surgery at taxpayer expense. We are 18,000,000,000,000 in debt and we are spending money on **** like this? We need a clean sweep of government and the damned judiciary!

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    • sirodComment by sirod
      July 18, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

      This is enough to gag a maggot!

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    • davnkatzComment by davnkatz
      July 18, 2014 @ 4:03 pm

      SHE has NO)T indicated a desire for the sex change operation. Without the operation, IT is a HE.

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    • Scruffy-USN-RetiredComment by Kerry-USN-Retired
      July 19, 2014 @ 7:07 am

      As long as we have one of these LGBTs as president, we will continue to see these perverted acts by the government.
      Vote ALL of these immoral democrats OUT of office everywhere.

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  2. thomasr54Comment by thomasr54
    July 18, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

    I’ll do the surgery for free!

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    • stshepherdComment by stshepherd
      July 18, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

      10 points, thomas!

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    • whatevComment by whatev
      July 18, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

      Ditto

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    • raybobrockComment by raybobrock
      July 21, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

      I assume without anesthesia?

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  3. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    July 18, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    traitors treated like kings and well queens in this administration or regime.
    it sickens me to no end.

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  4. knanComment by knan
    July 18, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

    and at the same time they let our honorable Veterens die.

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    • whatevComment by whatev
      July 18, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

      Yes that’s what really upsets me. My uncle is a veteran and is still waiting for treatment.
      Under this administration its a constant “In Your Face” something against us.
      The community organizer must have a good laugh about this.
      Anyone like Hagel should speak up, but they are all boot lickers. He has purged the military of the ones that had integrity and honor.
      The destruction of America continues.

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  5. hardheadedComment by hardheaded
    July 18, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

    Better Idea, Put Him/Her in Cryogenic box for testing and wait till Hell freezes over.

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  6. granny14Comment by granny14
    July 18, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

    we have men and women who have real problems who are not being treated, what about them, i have a son who got leukemia while working with benzene and is still trying to get help and another son who lost hearing and there are people worse off than they are not getting help. What about the people with no jobs and homes who have served our country?

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  7. ltuserComment by ltuser
    July 18, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

    Knan, that is my objection as well. WE spend millions on this **** for convicted traitors, fellons and such, while denying NEEDED treatments for veterans. This is pure insanity.

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  8. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    July 18, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

    Why is this deviate referred to as she? How can his attorney say with a straight face that Bradley Manning the traitor, “deserves” to have sex change treatments? What kind of sick, twisted system have the courts and lawyers created? Why should our tax dollars pay for one penny of this farce? Enough, is enough!

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  9. lankydragoonComment by lankydragoon
    July 18, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

    This Manning cat is nothing but a black hole for attention. To hell with him.

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  10. jessthinkinComment by jessthinkin
    July 18, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    Just goes to show ya: The more fully you’re screwed up, the more likely you’re able to be accommodated by this administration! (I’m thinkin’ Hagel has that “kinda look” – I digress!) But, don’t ever be just a straight-male war veteran with a chronic or fatal disease tryin’ to see a doctor at the local VA hospital!

    Lawd-a-mercy! What’s next??

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  11. 440voltComment by 440volt
    July 18, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

    “It has been almost a year since we first filed our request for adequate medical care,”

    Fine. Provide soap, no rope and toss that freakshow in with Pvt. Bubba.

    What a wart on the buttocks of society.

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  12. ltuserComment by ltuser
    July 18, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

    “Why is this deviate referred to as she? How can his attorney say with a straight face that Bradley Manning the traitor, “deserves” to have sex change treatments?”

    The precedent was set when a criminal in a civilian jail got the courts to rule that his sex change requirements, were to be paid for by tax payers.

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  13. MadeinAmerica33Comment by MadeinAmerica33
    July 19, 2014 @ 10:34 am

    Tell him /her/it, that old none sterile instruments new to be used for the operation because the Government is broke and cannot afford new ones. See how fast he/she/it changes he/she/it’s mind.

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  14. paxamericanaComment by paxamericana
    July 22, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    Traitors deserve a short, stout rope and a long drop.
    Then he can receive medical treatment from the coroner.

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