The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the request to transfer Pvt. Chelsea Manning from a military prison and the Army will begin gender treatment.
A defense official told the Associated Press Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved the Army's recommendation to keep Manning in military custody. The Army had tried to transfer Manning to a federal prison system, but those talks fell through.
The Pentagon's attempt to transfer Manning to a civilian prison for treatment – as the Defense Department doesn't have the necessary medical expertise – was unprecedented. Manning, formerly named Bradley, captured national attention as the Defense Department became mired in the dilemma of treating a diagnosed soldier without violating military policy that states transgenders cannot serve in the U.S. military. Because Manning can not be discharged from service during a prison sentence, the Defense Department must provide the hormone therapy requested.
Manning was convicted in July 2013 of violating the Espionage Act after releasing classified documents through WikiLeaks and sentenced to 35 years confinement and a dishonorable discharge from the Army.