- Gentlemen, start your drones: Judge’s ruling opens door for commercial use
- Soldier who hid, bragged about not saluting flag to be punished — in secret
- ‘Maverick’ of the seas: ‘Top Gun’ school for U.S. ship officers to launch
- Putin declares Sochi Paralympics open amid Ukrainian protest
- ‘In Jesus name, we pray’ sparks ire at Ohio council meeting
- Navy’s first laser weapon ready for prime time; drone killer to deploy this summer
- Billionaire backer: Rick Santorum ‘needs to be heard’ in 2016
- Obamacare fallout: 49 percent pessimistic; 45 percent ‘scared’
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
Bradley Manning: Blond bombshell? Army releases photo of him as cross-dresser
The photo was apparently sent by Manning to a master sergeant as a means of explaining his sexual identity issues, the same issues defense attorneys are now trying to argue as the cause of the soldier’s betrayal of the nation, The New York Post reported.
In court on Wednesday, attorneys for Manning pleaded for the judge to grant him leniency. Manning faces up to 90 years in federal prison for sending more than 700,000 sensitive military documents to WikiLeaks for posting and publication. Manning was found guilty of 20 charges, including espionage and theft, in late July.
At his court martial hearing, one psychiatrist for the defense testified that Manning, who is gay, has “gender dysphoria,” and wants to be a woman, The Post reported.
Manning tried to describe his anguish over his gender confusion in an email to Master Sgt. Paul Adkins in April of 2010, complete with the attached photo of himself in woman’s dress. The subject title of that email, The Post reported: “My Problem.”
Sgt. Adkins testified that he didn’t send the photo to superiors because he thought Manning was addressing the issue with counselors. He also said: “I really didn’t think at the time that having a picture floating around of one of my soldiers in drag was in [his] best interests.”
Another military official testified that Manning’s deployment in Iraq was unduly stressful for him because of the “hyper-masculine environment,” and that he suffers from narcissism and obsessive-compulsive disorder, The Post reported.
Manning also took the stand on Wednesday. He apologized, and said, “I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry that they hurt the United States. The last few years have been a learning experience. … I want to be a better person, to go to college, to get a degree and to have a meaningful relationship with my sister and her family.”
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 'In Jesus name, we pray' sparks ire at Ohio council meeting
- Study: Barbie sours girls' career ambitions while Mrs. Potato Head busts gender roles
- Ted Turner hospitalized in S. America with possible appendicitis
- Obamacare fallout: 49 percent pessimistic; 45 percent 'scared'
- Russia accused of sinking own cruiser to block Ukrainian navy
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
- Vietnam says it may have found door of missing Malaysian jet as intel look into stolen passports
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- EDITORIAL: Senate rejects Adegbile for Justice post
- Russias Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
- U.S. deploys 12 F-16 fighter jets to Poland as exercise in response to Ukraine situation
- CPAC 2014 straw poll results
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again