A United States Army general has ignored claims for clemency in upholding Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for handing over classified military and government documents to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.
The US Army military district of Washington has released a statement saying that Major General Jeffery Buchanan has taken 'final action' in the court-martial of the former intelligence analyst.
Manning was sentenced in August 2013 for six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offences for leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents while serving in Iraq in 2009 and 2010.
As commander of the military jurisdiction in which Private Manning's trial was held, General Buchanan could have reduced the court martial findings.
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.