Bradley Manning's letter, entitled The Next Stage of My Life, was signed with a handwritten signature in the name of Chelsea Manning.
The letter was broadcast on NBC's Today show as Manning's lawyer revealed the soldier's desire to live life as a woman.
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John Inge, the Bishop of Worcester, says the death of his wife from cancer at the age of 51 has set him in opposition to the legislation.
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