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Government opposes Manning’s request to grow hair long

Government opposes Manning’s request to grow hair long
In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Bradley Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. Photo:

WASHINGTON — Government officials are opposing imprisoned national security leaker Chelsea Manning’s request to grow out her hair.

The transgender former Army intelligence made the request as part of a lawsuit in federal court in Washington. The lawsuit says that gender-appropriate grooming is part of the recognized treatment for gender dysphoria, Manning’s sense of being a woman in a man’s body. The Kansas military prison where Manning is being held began giving her hormone therapy in February, but officials have refused to allow her to wear her hair longer than 2 inches.

In court papers filed Thursday, the government argued Manning’s federal lawsuit should be dismissed, saying her claims belong in a military court.

Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, is serving 35 years for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.

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