"Have you seen Orange Is The New Black? Dumb question, probably not. But let's try that." – Bradley Manning's lawyers
Depending on who you ask, Bradley Manning is either an insidious traitor or a true patriot and hero who, at worst, proved honesty isn't always the best policy. But those people are talking about someone who doesn't exist, because his real name is Chelsea now. Yes, this just happned. He, wait, she said in an exclusive statement to Today:
Subject: The Next Stage of My Life
I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years. Throughout this long ordeal, your letters of support and encouragement have helped keep me strong. I am forever indebted to those who wrote to me, made a donation to my defense fund, or came to watch a portion of the trial. I would especially like to thank Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network for their tireless efforts in raising awareness for my case and providing for my legal representation. As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.
Chelsea E. Manning
I mean, he just got sentenced to 35 years, so I guess he's being pragmatic by preemptively becoming a woman. It's hard to say if this is a ploy so he can get sent to a women's prison so he can run the salon, but if he truly is a woman like he says he is, why would he want all that competition from all those basic bitches? You know they be spreading lies about you, gurlfran.