Chelsea Manning, born Bradley Manning, Gets U.S. Army OK for Hormone Therapy

Chelsea Manning — the Army private who was born Bradley Edward Manning and was convicted during his service of leaking national security secrets — has been given the thumbs-up from military officials to undergo hormone therapy and become a woman.

Currently, the disgraced soldier is serving time at the Army’s Fort Leavenworth prison for leaking the secrets to WikiLeaks.

“After carefully considering the recommendation that [hormone treatment] is medically appropriate and necessary, and weighing all associated safety and security risks presented, I approve adding [hormone treatment] to Inmate Manning’s treatment plan,” said Col. Erica Nelson, the commandant of the Fort Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks in Kansas, in a Feb. 5 memo obtained by USA Today.