Bradley Manning???s lawyer, David Coombs, did an interview with Savannah Guthrie this morning on the Today Show. (Manning, to recap, is the WikiLeaks guy. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.)
In the interview, (embedded below for our readers??? enrichment) Guthrie reads a statement issued by Manning: ???I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,??? Manning wrote. ???Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.???
???I also request that,??? Manning goes on, ???starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun.???
Thenceforth, Guthrie ridiculously refers to Manning as ???she??? (albeit awkwardly), and his/her lawyer does likewise.
Coombs declares that in the event Fort Leavenworth prison, the Army pen where Manning could serve his, sorry, her, time, does not ???do the right thing??? and provide hormone therapy for Manning, that Coombs would ???do everything in my power to make sure that they are forced to do so.???
Just wondering, if Manning ???is a female??? already, as s/he claims, why does s/he need to ???transition????
Guthrie asks if the ultimate goal is to have Manning (it doesn???t make sense that a person with such a surname is meant to be a woman!) placed in a female prison.
???No,??? the lawyer replied, ???the ultimate goal is to be comfortable in her skin.???
Good luck feeling “comfortable” as a man-turned-woman at an all-male prison.