FORT MEADE, MD: U.S. Army private first class Bradley Manning is escorted away after a hearing on the witness list of a speedy trial motion October 17, 2012 at Fort Meade in Maryland.
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NEW YORK (AP) - Bradley Manning 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.
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.
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