Fort Leavenworth, Kansas - Looking more like he's channeling Lady Gaga than a United States soldier convicted WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning posted a pic of his new female alter ego today dressed in a fetching blond wig and glossy make-up as the announcement of his name change broke.
At his Fort Leavenworth military slammer home of the next 35 years guards quickly halted the original cell allocation plan as Private First Class Chelsea Clinton Manning announced s/he was applying for immediate gender reassignment.
Yeah, a real 'don't ask, don't tell' scenario considering there is no precedent in the all-butch and staunchly hetero Pentagon for bankrolling a soldier's hormone therapy, elective surgery and additional appropriate implant stuff.
"Many reckon this disgraced ex-soldier should have been shot for treason," was how one prison warder put it this afternoon, "or at least handed the Prosecution's requested 60-year custodial term."
Instead Manning looks like he's going to be pampered with a taxpayer-funded sex change program and the privacy of his own bespoke prison cell...until a Presidential Pardon lets him off the hook and he re-enters civilian life as a 'stunning blond'.
Julian Assange is 69.