Bradley Manning granted name change to Chelsea

U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of giving classified...

U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of giving classified state documents to WikiLeaks, is pictured dressed as a woman in this 2010 photograph obtained on August 14, 2013. (REUTERS/U.S. Army/Handout)

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A judge in Kansas on Wednesday ruled that former U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, could change his name to reflect his desire to be treated as a woman.

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

In a statement issued following the ruling, Manning said he hopes his actions help lead the military and other institutions to recognize the needs of transgendered individuals, including a need for specialized healthcare.


U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning departs the courthouse at Fort Meade, Maryland in this file photo taken July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files


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