Army: No gender reassignment for Bradley Manning

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“This is a sticky issue, not a simple question,” said Gary R. Myers, a lawyer who has represented several high-profile military defendants.

He said that some types of elective surgery were provided by the military, where it was deemed medically necessary.

“We do take care of our service members as best we can to include elective surgery where it is essential to their well-being,” Mr. Myers added.

He cite breast reduction surgery, which he said is “a permitted procedure if it is medically indicated.”

Manning was convicted July 30 on 20 counts, including espionage and theft, for downloading, copying and sending WikiLeaks more than 700,000 raw U.S. military battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan and State Department cables, all classified “Secret.”

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Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...

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