The blonde in lipstick and makeup is a Wiki-leaking national security risk.
The Army yesterday released a photo that wig-wearing Pfc. Bradley Manning sent to a master sergeant to explain sexual-identity issues that his lawyers say led him to betray his country.
Manning pleaded for leniency yesterday from a military judge who can sentence him to 90 years in the brig for giving more than 700,000 sensitive documents, battle videos and diplomatic cables to the WikiLeaks Web site.
Before Manning — usually seen in full Army dress uniform, glasses and crew cut — took the stand, a defense psychiatrist, Navy Reserve Capt. David Moulton, testified that Manning has “gender dysphoria,” or the desire to be the opposite sex.
Tuesday, the court-martial hearing heard how Manning, who is gay, indicated his torment in April 2010 when he sent an e-mail to Master Sgt. Paul Adkins.
It bore the subject line that read “My Problem.” Attached to it was the photo Manning took of himself in a blond wig.
Adkins testified that he did not pass on the photo to his superiors because he thought Manning’s issues were being handled by therapists, and “I really didn’t think at the time that having a picture floating around of one of my soldiers in drag was in the best interests” of him as a low-level intelligence analyst.
Yesterday, Capt. Michael Worsley, who treated Manning during his deployment in Iraq, described how Manning’s job stress was compounded by being in a “hyper-masculine environment” of a combat zone.
“Being in the military and having a gender-identity issue does not exactly go hand in hand,” Worsley said.
Moulton added that in addition to gender confusion, Manning suffers from narcissism and obsessive-compulsive behavior.
“Manning was under the impression that the information he was giving was going to change the way the world saw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and future wars, actually,” said Moulton.
Yesterday, Manning, 25, took the witness stand at the Fort Meade, Md., hearing to apologize for his leaking. “I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry that they hurt the United States,” he said. “The last few years have been a learning experience. I should have worked more aggressively inside the system . . . Unfortunately, I can’t go back and change things.