LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
The former intelligence analyst is serving a 35-year prison sentence for passing classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website. Manning is serving the sentence at an Army prison in Kansas.
During a brief hearing Wednesday, Leavenworth County District Judge David King said he'd allow the name change.
The decision clears the way for official changes to Manning's military records, but it would not compel the military to treat Manning as a woman. That includes transferring Manning to a prison with a woman's unit.
Manning has been diagnosed by at least two Army behavioral health specialists with gender identity disorder.
A Kansas judge has scheduled a hearing to consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley Manning.
District Judge David King is slated to consider Manning's request later Wednesday in a Leavenworth County courtroom.
Manning is serving a 35-year sentence at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth and isn't expected to attend the hearing. The former intelligence analyst said in August that she wants to be known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning instead of Bradley Edward Manning and to be treated as a woman.
Manning filed the court petition as the first step toward getting her Army records changed.