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Army agrees to allow Chelsea Manning to get sex reassignment surgery

Chelsea Manning, Credit:	U.S. Army

Chelsea Manning, Credit: U.S. Army

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – A transgender soldier imprisoned in Kansas for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks says she is ending a hunger strike because the Army has agreed to allow her to get medical treatment for her gender dysphoria.

Manning began a hunger strike Friday to protest her treatment at Fort Leavenworth. The American Civil Liberties Union said in a news release Tuesday that Manning’s treatment will begin with surgery that her psychologist recommended in April. Manning says in the release that she’s relieved the military approved the treatment but frustrated that it took so long.

Manning, who was arrested as Bradley Manning, was convicted in 2013 in military court of leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents.

Army spokesman Wayne Hall didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.