BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) – The lawyer who defended the soldier convicted of the largest leak of documents in U.S. history has taught at Roger Williams University, and returned to the campus Wednesday to talk to students about the complicated case.
Attorney Davis Coombs told hundreds of students that he believes his client, Chelsea Manning, will be given hormone treatment behind bars.
In a one-on-one interview with Eyewitness News, Coombs said Chelsea Manning – who was previously known as Bradley Manning – is staying positive while trying to live as a woman.
Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for a July conviction for sending more than 700,000 documents and some battlefield video to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.
Coombs said the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas brought in an expert to assess Manning’s overall health. Two army behavior health specialists diagnosed Manning with gender dysphoria before the court martial.
"I have confidence that they're going to do a honest appraisal and I’m hoping when they do it, they will give her that treatment. I believe the facility is doing all the right things at this point,” he said.
The army previously said it does not provide the hormone therapy Manning has requested, but prisoners will be re-evaluated when they are moved to a new facility.
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