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Bradley … Err, Chelsea Manning

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The Bradley Manning saga took a bizarre and unexpected turn this week when the former Army solider – who was recently sentenced to 35 years in jail for leaking classified documents to the media – announced that he was going to become a woman.

No really …

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female,” the 25-year-old said in a statement read by his attorney on NBC’s Today Show. “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 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).”

Wow …

There’s even a pic of Manning in a wig and lipstick …

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Somebody cue C+C Music Factory, people … because this is one of those things that makes ya go “hmmmmmm.”

Unfortunately for Manning, the U.S. military does not provide hormones or sex change operations to inmates incarcerated in its facilities – meaning Bradley … err, Chelsea Manning … will have to wait a long time to make his … err, her … big switch.

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