On Aug. 22, a letter reportedly from Army Pfc. Bradley Manning stating that Manning wanted to live as a woman named Chelsea was disclosed on NBC’s “Today” show. Manning’s sexual orientation and transgender issues came up during his trial on multiple charges connected to his leaking classified documents to the WikiLeaks Web site. The photo on the right is one Manning took that was released last month.

On Aug. 22, a letter reportedly from Army Pfc. Bradley Manning stating that Manning wanted to live as a woman named Chelsea was disclosed on NBC’s “Today” show. Manning’s sexual orientation and transgender issues came up during his trial on multiple charges connected to his leaking classified documents to the WikiLeaks Web site. The photo on the right is one Manning took that was released last month.

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A protester slapped a sticker of Bradley Manning onto the shield of a police officer in March 2011. On Aug. 21, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison after being convicted in July on multiple charges, including espionage. He was acquitted of the highest charge, aiding the enemy, which could have resulted in a life sentence.

A protester slapped a sticker of Bradley Manning onto the shield of a police officer in March 2011. On Aug. 21, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison after being convicted in July on multiple charges, including espionage. He was acquitted of the highest charge, aiding the enemy, which could have resulted in a life sentence.

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David House, a friend of Bradley Manning's, addresses a protest calling for Manning's release near Quantico Marine Base in March 2011. For months, Manning had spent 23 hours a day alone in a 6-by-12-foot jail cell.

David House, a friend of Bradley Manning's, addresses a protest calling for Manning's release near Quantico Marine Base in March 2011. For months, Manning had spent 23 hours a day alone in a 6-by-12-foot jail cell.

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Manning’s case became a rallying point for free-information activists, who say the leaked information belongs to the American people. Accusers say Manning's actions compromised national security.

Manning’s case became a rallying point for free-information activists, who say the leaked information belongs to the American people. Accusers say Manning's actions compromised national security.

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About 400 protesters attended the rally for Manning in March 2011.

About 400 protesters attended the rally for Manning in March 2011.

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A protester covers his face with a photo of Bradley Manning's. Manning, an Army private, is accused of violating military computer security and leaking classified information to the WikiLeaks Web site.

A protester covers his face with a photo of Bradley Manning's. Manning, an Army private, is accused of violating military computer security and leaking classified information to the WikiLeaks Web site.

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Former military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, leaker of the Vietnam War-era Pentagon Papers, was arrested during the March 2011 protest. He has called the conviction and sentencing of Manning a miscarriage of justice.

Former military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, leaker of the Vietnam War-era Pentagon Papers, was arrested during the March 2011 protest. He has called the conviction and sentencing of Manning a miscarriage of justice.

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As many as 30 protesters were arrested during the largely peaceful protest near Quantico.

As many as 30 protesters were arrested during the largely peaceful protest near Quantico.

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Crescent First Christian Church, whose signboard reads "Can't Sleep, Don't Count Sheep, See The Shepherd" is in Crescent, Okla., where Bradley Manning spent part of his childhood.

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Manning attended Crescent Elementary School.

Manning attended Crescent Elementary School.

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The former Manning house, on five acres several miles outside of Crescent, Okla.

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The former Manning house, on five acres several miles outside of Crescent, Okla.

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Brian Manning holds a newborn Bradley in 1987.

Brian Manning holds a newborn Bradley in 1987.

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Bradley Manning as a baby, circa 1988.

Bradley Manning as a baby, circa 1988.

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Manning at about age 3 with his mother, Susan Manning, in Arizona.

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Manning at about age 3 with his mother, Susan Manning, in Arizona.

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Manning, at about age 2, with sister Casey.

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Manning, at about age 2, with sister Casey.

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A young Manning is fascinated by an image of an engine on the television screen.

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A young Manning is fascinated by an image of an engine on the television screen.

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Manning, about 5 years old, with his sister, Casey, then about 16, and his grandmother Jean in Crescent, Okla.

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Manning, about 5 years old, with his sister, Casey, then about 16, and his grandmother Jean in Crescent, Okla.

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Manning, about 8 years old, sits on the coffee table in the family's home in Oklahoma.

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Manning, about 8 years old, sits on the coffee table in the family's home in Oklahoma.

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Manning, at about age 9, in front of his dad's pickup truck.

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Manning, at about age 9, in front of his dad's pickup truck.

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Manning in the fourth grade.

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Manning in the fourth grade.

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Manning, about age 10, with his puppy Willow.

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Manning, about age 10, with his puppy Willow.

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Manning, at about age 10, was on a youth basketball team and played the saxophone.

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Manning, at about age 10, was on a youth basketball team and played the saxophone.

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Manning at the computer in the family's dining room.

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Manning at the computer in the family's dining room.

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Manning, at age 17, at sister Casey's wedding in 2004.

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Manning, at age 17, at sister Casey's wedding in 2004.

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Manning, then 18, with sister Casey, then 29, during Thanksgiving at his aunt's home in Potomac.

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Manning, then 18, with sister Casey, then 29, during Thanksgiving at his aunt's home in Potomac.

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A 17-year-old Manning is in the back row at sister Casey's wedding in 2004. In the front row are his father, Brian Manning, his stepmother, Susan Kay Manning, and stepbrother Dustin. Behind them are Bradley's aunts and cousin.

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A 17-year-old Manning is in the back row at sister Casey's wedding in 2004. In the front row are his father, Brian Manning, his stepmother, Susan Kay Manning, and stepbrother Dustin. Behind them are Bradley's aunts and cousin.

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Manning's childhood friend Jordan Davis plays video games at his home in Edmond, Okla. Computer games prompted the pair to discuss using technology to achieve democracy.

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Manning's childhood friend Jordan Davis plays video games at his home in Edmond, Okla. Computer games prompted the pair to discuss using technology to achieve democracy.

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"He was a pretty big nerd and so was I," says Manning's childhood friend Jordan Davis.

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Tyler Watkins, second from left, participates in the National Equality March in Washington in 2009. He and Manning dated.

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Tyler Watkins, second from left, participates in the National Equality March in Washington in 2009. He and Manning dated.

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Convicted computer hacker Adrian Lamo, who corresponded with Manning via instant message, turned Manning in to authorities.

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Convicted computer hacker Adrian Lamo, who corresponded with Manning via instant message, turned Manning in to authorities.

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Protesters wear masks of Manning's face during a protest calling for his release. \

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Protesters wear masks of Manning's face during a protest calling for his release. "He tries to think about the outside world as much as possible," his cousin Chris, in Potomac, said. "You can tell he doesn't want his mind confined to the prison."

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