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Aug 22, 2013 at 05:54pm IST

US soldier Manning who was sentenced for leaking army secrets says he is a woman

Washington: US soldier Bradley Manning, sentenced for leaking classified US documents, said he is female and wants to live as a woman named Chelsea.

A statement from Manning was read on NBC News's "Today" program on Thursday.

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Manning, 25, was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years in a military prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of secret data in the nation's history.

US soldier Manning who was sentenced for leaking army secrets says he is a woman

Manning, 25, was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years in a military prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks.

His lawyer, David Coombs, also told NBC said he expects Manning to get pardoned.

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