A photo of noted Wikileaker Bradley Manning in women’s clothing has appeared on the internet, no doubt causing speculation about the psychological state of the 25-year-old Army soldier.
Manning’s gender identity became one of the many topics discussed in his lengthy trial, for which he now faces up to 90 years in prison for the unauthorized release of vital information.
Reportedly, Manning had numerous concerns about his gender identity, which he had hoped the army would help him sort out. Eventually coming out to Captain Michael Worsley, the embattled soldier sent pictures of himself dressed as a woman to illustrate his “problem.”
Worsley surmised that the lack of a support network in a super-macho environment may have contributed to this espionage drama. “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, according to the AP. “It would have been incredible.”
Manning’s lawyers argued somewhat unsuccessfully that a clearly emotionally fragile person should not have been given classified information in an already volatile and stressful circumstance to begin with. Manning’s apology on Wednesday less directly referred to his struggle’s with his own identity. “At the time of the decision, as you know, I was dealing with a lot of issues, issues that are ongoing,” he told told the judge, Col. Denise Lind.
While the amount of time he will have to serve is yet to be determined, Pfc. Manning has already pleaded guilty to a number of the espionage charges brought against him.
Ed. note: Manning has been referred to by the male pronoun in most media coverage, so we have decided to use “he/him/his” for this post.
Eric: thanks for the note about gender pronouns.
Looks good. Although I do think he’s a hot guy. I like skinny nerdy types though.
The show trial train runs on, anything and everything to undermine the completely innocent party.
@redcarpet: mmm…What does it say about me that I am more attracted to him dressed as a woman than dressed as a man? Quick Someone send me a link to some hot gay porn
Really? She is beautiful. Sickening that this pic is being used to hurt somebody incredible. As far as i am concerned this pic just makes this amazing human being even fucking braver than i already thought they were.
“disorder” ? really?
I think is issues were much larger than just gender identity disorder, which I am not convinced he actually had btw (it may have been that he found out he could get discharged for that), but it does seem from the stories that he may have had psychological issues stemming from issues at work, and as these didn’t get addressed it seems he was getting more stressed, more mental issues, and more desperate.
It is sad that the army will probably not look at how to handle such things better from this.
@Jake1982: It’s never being about anything but torturing a whistleblower. He exposed US tyranny and mass murder far in excess of any islamic terrorist, that is why he will spend the rest of his life being tortured in jail.
Speaking out is a crime.
Not a fan of Manning’s actions, but this picture just cracks me up.
@2eo: What evidence of mass murder, US tyranny, or torturing Manning do you have? And you’re right, speaking out IS a crime, especially when you’re compromising the lives of thousands of military personnel, which is why he’s in prison. He knew it was a crime but thought he was too self-righteous to be busted. At least Snowden had the common sense to flee the country because he knew he’d broken the law. Manning was apparently too busy wondering how he’s going to look in Gucci.
Manning leaked documents and he’ll spend decades in prison. Bush lied, distorted data and ignored credible evidence from Hans Blix about WMD; as a result, the US invaded Iraq under false pretenses, resulting in the deaths of thousands of American troops and the physical and mental impairment of many more. Bush is free to walk around and brag about it.
@BJ McFrisky: Manning is a disgusting individual and has no one to blame but himself for his crimes. He should die in prison. I certainly hope that the insanity of his “defense” does not tarnish the reputation of trans and mentally disabled individuals.
@tdx3fan: Couldn’t agree more, but I fear he’s already done damage to us.
Have you noticed the general intelligence of those in favour is high and against is low. It’s almost like there’s a direct correlation between knowing the facts like any intelligent person would and not knowing, which is the creed of dimmer people.
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