Pfc. Bradley Manning’s private struggle with his gender identity in a hostile workplace put incredible pressure on the soldier who leaked classified information to WikiLeaks, an Army psychologist said Wednesday.
Manning eventually came out to Capt. Michael Worsley and emailed the therapist a photo of himself wearing a wig of long, blond hair and lipstick. The photo was attached to a letter titled “My problem,” in which Manning describes his issues with gender identity and his hope that a military career would “get rid of it.”
Worsley testified at Manning’s sentencing hearing at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. He said the soldier had little to no support base.
“You put him in that kind of hyper-masculine environment, if you will, with little support and few coping skills, the pressure would have been difficult to say the least,” Worsley said. “It would have been incredible.”
Manning faces up [to] 90 years in prison for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010.
Manning’s act of treason threatened the lives of any number of Americans and our friends abroad. Nonetheless, 90 years is excessive for a poor fellow who couldn’t help it, being light in the loafers and all. I say give him 90 minutes — to be served in the stockade with the general Army population.
On tips from Uncle Joe Liberty and Dr. 9.