Bradley Manning tells NBC's 'Today' show he wants to live as a woman

Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning, a former Fort Drum soldier, says he plans to live as a woman and begin hormone therapy, a day after the soldier was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified information to WikiLeaks.

In a written statement provided to NBC's "Today" show on Thursday morning, Manning said he planned to live as a woman named Chelsea. â??I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,â?? he wrote.

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A military judge announced the sentence in Manning's court-martial on Wednesday. Manning's struggle with gender identity disorder - his sense that he was a woman trapped in a woman's body - was a key part of his defense.

Attorneys had presented evidence of Manning's struggle with gender identity, including a photo of the soldier in a blond wig and lipstick that he sent to a therapist.