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Army to provide Chelsea Manning with gender-reassignment surgery, lawyer says


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The former Army sergeant serving a 35-year prison sentence for espionage will be able to get gender-reassignment surgery, according to a Buzzfeed report.

Chelsea Manning agreed to end a hunger strike that began Sept. 9 to force the military into providing the surgery, Chase Strangio, an ACLU lawyer working for Manning, told Buzzfeed.

“I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing. I applaud them for that. This is all that I wanted – for them to let me be me,” Manning said in a statement given to Buzzfeed via lawyers.

Nevertheless, the statement by Manning, who like most long-term prison inmates has no obvious means of paying for the surgery personally, continued to chide the military for not agreeing sooner.Scissors-32x32.png

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