WASHINGTON (AP) – Defense Department officials say hormone treatment for gender reassignment has been approved for Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst convicted of espionage for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.
The officials say the hormone therapy was approved February 5 by the commandant of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where Manning is serving a 35-year sentence.
The treatment would enable the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning to make the transition to a woman.
A lawsuit filed in September claimed Manning was at a high risk of suicide unless she received more focused treatment for the sense of being a woman in a man’s body, or vice versa.
The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity.
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