Bradley Manning to Transition to Being a Woman

Published 08/22 2013 11:07AM

Updated 08/22 2013 11:25AM

(NBC News) Convicted Army leaker Bradley Manning now says he wants to live the remainder of his life as a woman.

Manning announced a new identity through a statement read this morning on the Today Show, saying he now considers himself "Chelsea Manning...a female".

The Army private was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday for leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Struggles with gender identity had played a role in the trial.

The defense presented a picture of Manning wearing lipstick and a blonde wig, and suggested being a gay soldier was a factor in his decision to leak information.

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