Posted at: 10/31/2013 12:05 PM
DAVID DISHNEAU

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Manning says gender ID dispute could go to court

(AP) HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Imprisoned documents leaker Chelsea Manning says she’ll go to court, if necessary, to receive treatment for gender identity disorder, also known as gender dysphoria.

The Private Manning Support Network published on its website Wednesday four letters signed by the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning.

In one letter, Manning says defense attorney David Coombs is helping her seek treatment for gender dysphoria. The 25-year-old soldier says she wants to at least be allowed to live as a woman and receive hormone replacement therapy.

The military has said it does not provide treatment for gender dysphoria.

Manning is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for sending reams of classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

The Associated Press respects Manning’s wish to identify as a female.

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