Chelsea Manning ending hunger strike after Army approves gender transition surgery
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A transgender soldier imprisoned in Kansas for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks says she is ending a hunger strike because the Army has agreed to allow her to get medical treatment for her gender dysphoria.
Manning began a hunger strike Friday to protest her treatment at Fort Leavenworth. The American Civil Liberties Union said in a news release Tuesday that Manning’s treatment will begin with surgery that her psychologist recommended in April.
Manning says in the release that she’s relieved the military approved the treatment but frustrated that it took so long.
Army spokesman Wayne Hall didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.