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WikiLeaker: 'I Am Chelsea Manning. I Am Female"

  • U.S.
  • 08.22.13 05:56 PM EDT

Yesterday, Pfc. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for releasing 700,000 classified documents from the U.S. government to WikiLeaks. The next day, the former intelligence analyst announced that she will be transitioning to a female and would like to be known as Chelsea Manning. 

In a statement to the Today Show, Manning wrote:  "I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female."

The 25-year-old said she would begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.