Chelsea Manning Petitions for a Name Change

Mark Wilson—Getty Images U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted out of a military court during the sentencing phase of her trial in Fort Meade, Md., on Aug. 20, 2013

The Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning, convicted of sending U.S. military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks, has asked a Kansas court to legally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning

Bradley Edward Manning, the U.S. Army private who was convicted of leaking classified military information to WikiLeaks, has petitioned a Kansas court to formally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

The petition was announced on Wednesday by the Private Manning Support Network, which also said it is changing its name to the Chelsea Manning Support Network. A hearing on the request has been scheduled for April 23 in Fort Leavenworth, where Manning is currently serving a 35-year sentence.

Manning declared in August that she wanted to be treated as a woman while incarcerated and that she would, if necessary, go to court for the right to obtain hormone treatment. Military prisons don’t provide treatment issues related to gender assignment because transgender soldiers are not allowed to serve.


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