The announcement by Pfc. Bradley Manning comes one day after a military judge sentenced him to 35 years in prison for leaking more than 700,000 classified files. The sex change he would like to undergo can take a long time.
The man who provided hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison on Wednesday. Some activists worried the sentence would discourage leakers from coming forward in the future.
In his first public comments since 2010, Bradley Manning testified that the security measures included forcing him to surrender all of his clothes at night and being locked up 23 hours a day. Military prosecutors will question Manning Friday.