Chelsea Manning

Manning Will Pay for Sex-Change Treatment

But lawyer says she doesn't want the full surgery

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Chelsea Manning, the convicted WikiLeaks leaker previously known as Bradley Manning, is willing to pay for estrogen treatment to promote breast development and female characteristics while incarcerated in an all-male military prison, Manning's lawyer told the Associated Press.

Manning, who has requested the treatment in the Fort Leavenworth, Kan. military prison, does not want sex-reassignment surgery at this point, said the lawyer, David Combs.

Manning announced she wanted to live as a woman the day after a military jury sentenced her last week to 35 years in prison for leaking  troves of classified material to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Combs said she made the statement after the trial so as not to sound insincere.