WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES — Whistleblower Chelsea Manning has endured great torment in prison since leaking State and Defence Department documents to Wikileaks in 2010, the amount of injustice Chelsea has had to suffer is almost incalculable. She came out as transgender shortly after sentenced, and, according to her lawyer, she will be receiving gender reassignment surgery.
Manning’s lawyer spoke with her on Tuesday after she was informed of the military’s decision. Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for violating the Espionage Act, received a recommendation from her psychologist in April in order to have her gender reassingment surgery or GRS, Buzzfeed reports.
“I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing. I applaud them for that. This is all that I wanted – for them to let me be me,” Manning said in a statement provided by her lawyers.
Sources say that while the US Army will not discuss the medical needs of individuals, she would be ellegible for transition, which includes SRS and HRT.
Source: Buzzfeed / Guardian.