Manning’s transgender status has nothing at all to do with the ethical dilemma at the heart of the leaks. But Manning’s gender has been lurking around the edges of the coverage of the Manning affair since 2010. There has been speculation that Bradley Manning was – prior to his leaking – suffering from the challenges of being transgendered while serving in the US military. Today that was confirmed and as with other people writing about the Manning trial I will hence forth be writing about Manning as Chelsea Manning. Her decision to wait until the sentencing was finished makes sense.
Chelsea Manning will face probably one of the least supportive environments possible for someone undertaking such a transition. I hope she finds a way to make it through.