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A photograph of
as a woman
(2010 file photo).
this photo to an
in 2010, and it
into evidence at
his court martial.
Bradley Manning, the US sol-
dier who leaked secret US gov-
ernment documents to the Wik-
ileaks Web site, has announced
an intention to live as a woman.
"I am Chelsea Manning," Pte
First Class Manning said in a
statement to NBC s Today pro-
gramme. "I am a female."
The 25-year-old said he had felt
female since childhood, wanted
at once to begin hormone therapy,
and wished to be addressed as
Pte Manning faces 35 years in
prison for crimes including espi-
The soldier could be released
on parole after at least seven years
in jail, his civilian lawyer David
Coombs has said.
Coombs has asked President
Barack Obama to pardon Pte
Manning, and has pledged to
appeal against the verdict and sen-
Pte Manning will serve the sen-
tence at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,
and yesterday, Coombs indicated
the soldier was willing to take legal
action to force the prison to pro-
vide hormone therapy if author-
He said Pte Manning had not
indicated whether he wanted to
undergo sex reassignment surgery.
"The ultimate goal is to be com-
fortable in her skin and to be the
person that she s never had an
opportunity to be," he said.
Asked why Pte Manning was
making this announcement now,
the day after sentencing, Coombs
said: "Chelsea didn t want to have
this be something that overshad-
owed the case."
Pte Manning s struggles with
gender identity formed a key part
of the defence through the weeks-
long court martial.
Defence witnesses, including
therapists who had treated Pte
Manning, testified that the soldier
had spoken of wanting to transi-
tion to being a woman, suggesting
that these problems had affected
his mental health.
US military prosecutors, mean-
while, described Pte Manning as
a notoriety-seeking traitor and
asked for a 60-year sentence in
order to deter future intelligence
Pte Manning, who grew up in
the US state of Oklahoma and in
Wales, joined the Army in 2007
to help pay for university and,
according to court martial defence
testimony, to shake off a desire
to become a woman. The soldier
trained as an intelligence analyst
and was deployed to Iraq in 2009.
There, Pte Manning became
disillusioned with the war and felt
increasingly isolated from friends
In May of that year, Pte Man-
ning initiated what subsequently
became one of the largest leaks
of classified US government doc-
uments ever---hundreds of thou-
sands of diplomatic cables and
battlefield reports from
Afghanistan and Iraq.
During the court martial, Pte
Manning s former Army super-
visor testified that Pte Manning
had sent him a photograph of
himself wearing a blond wig and
Bradley Manning: 'I am a
woman named Chelsea'
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has intervened to
help a man who has become one of the heaviest
people in the world.
The king ordered Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari, who
weighs 1,345 pounds and is unable to move by himself,
be transferred from the Southern border province of
Jazan to the country s capital Riyadh to undergo treat-
A spokesman said Shaari is aged between 18 and
20.He will be treated at the King Fahd Medical City,
and undergo a series of dietary and physical pro-
grammes in order to help him lose weight, the
spokesman said. Although surgery is not scheduled
at the moment, the Ministry of Health says it has
not been ruled out. Special beds and trolleys have
been made for him.
According to the UN, Kuwait has the highest pro-
portion of obese adults in the Middle East, with 42.8
per cent of its population considered severely over-
weight. Saudi Arabia follows at 35.2 per cent. (CNN)
Saudi King helps
PUERTO RICO---The man who discovered the wreck-
age of the Titanic has turned his attention to the
deepest trough of the Caribbean Sea.
Dr Robert Ballard and dozens of other scientists are
diving the Cayman Trough this week and collecting
organisms they say can reveal how life might exist on
other planets. The team prepared yesterday for its third
dive using remotely operated vehicles.
Katy Croff Bell is chief scientist of the Nautilus
Exploration Program. She tells The Associated Press
by phone that the team also explored a previously unin-
vestigated underwater mountain and discovered under-
water landslides. Previous expeditions to the region
include the 2010 discovery by British researchers of
the world s deepest known hydrothermal vents. (AP)
deepest trough in
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