Whistleblower soldier Bradley Manning decided to announce that he wanted to live as a woman the day after he was sentenced because a military prison said it would not provide hormone treatment, his lawyer said.
David Coombs said Manning, who now wants to be known as Chelsea, had known for a long time he would make such a statement, but "she wanted, essentially, for the media surrounding the trial to dissipate".
Manning did not want people to think the statement was insincere. "People might think it was an effort to get further attention," said Mr Coombs, of Providence, Rhode Island.
On Bradley Manning, US Army says it does not provide hormone therapy, sex-assignment surgery for gender identity disorder
The lawyer for Bradley Manning, who wants to be known as Chelsea Manning and live life as a woman, said he would do "everything in [his] power" to make Fort Leavenworth provide the soldier with the therapy she has requested.