In yesterday's statement issued by Manning’s attorney David Coombs, he insisted that Manning has already made friends at the prison who “accept her for who she is.”
Manning, who no longer identifies with being a male, was sentenced last week to 35 years in the Army’s medium-security prison for giving government secrets to WikiLeaks.
The Soldier, who suffers from gender dysphoria plans to start hormone injections in prison as soon as possible, even though the government has refused to pay for them.
Maria Tolleson, a spokesperson for the Army, said Soldiers are allowed to pay for medical procedures not covered by the standard military medical insurance program. Gender reassignment surgery might also be in the works for the incarcerated Soldier providing he can pay for it himself.
It remains to be seen how the Army will proceed with incarceration arrangements at the prison since currently it only houses male Soldiers.
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