(SKY NEWS) -- Bradley Manning, the US soldier sentenced for leaking classified documents, has said he wants to live the rest of his life as a woman.
"As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me.
"I am Chelsea Manning. I am female," Manning said in a statement to NBC.
"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)," the statement read.
Manning, 25, signed the letter "Chelsea E. Manning".
The confession came a day after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of secret data in US history. Continue reading via Sky News...