So yet another foul-up decides to blame his (her) actions on being a victim – this time a victim of his own depression due to gender-identification issues.
“Manning’s struggle with gender identity disorder — the sense of being a woman trapped in a man’s body — was key to the defense. Attorneys had presented evidence of Manning’s struggle with gender identity, including a photo of the soldier in a blond wig and lipstick sent to a therapist.”
Now his/her attorney plans to ask Obama to pardon Chelsea/Bradley;
Even Manning’s supporters have pivoted. During the sentencing hearing Wednesday, they wore T-shirts reading, “truth,” as they had for the entire court-martial. Hours later, they had changed into shirts saying, “President Obama: Pardon Bradley Manning.”
“The time to end Brad’s suffering is now,” Coombs told a news conference after Manning’s sentence was handed down. “The time for our president to focus on protecting whistleblowers instead of punishing them is now.”
Coombs and Manning are not fools. Even in a federal prison special accommodation will have to made for a man living as a woman. He will have to be housed in a private cell and the correctional officers will have their work cut out for them keeping the other inmates from sexually assaulting him, and even then, the likelihood that he will be sexually involved with another inmate(s) is practically guaranteed.
Whistle blower? “She” will get the chance to blow something other than a whistle I promise you, but no. Traitor? Yes. Screwed up individual? Yes. Victim? No. Pardon? No. Leave Chelsea in Leavenworth to live out the sentence she deserves.