I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan were targets that needed to be neutralized, but rather people who were struggling to live in the pressure cooker environment of what we call asymmetric warfare.
I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.
I want people to see the truth... regardless of who they are...
because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a
I prefer a painful truth over any blissful fantasy.
As Iraq erupts in civil war and America again contemplates intervention, that unfinished business should give new urgency to the question of how the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan.
I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intent to hurt anyone. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.
I want people to see the truth.
Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society
I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility).
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