Manning request for hormone therapy sets up legal fight; how private will transition unclear

Officials say Bradley Manning is likely the first transgender military inmate to ask for hormone treatments. And the request could lead to a legal showdown over how — and if — the soldier convicted in the WikiLeaks case will be allowed to live as a female behind bars.

The Army Medical Command said Friday it's dealing with the issue. But a spokeswoman says it would be premature to say there is any movement to offer hormone therapy to all inmates.

Manning is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for giving classified information to WikiLeaks. It's a men's prison that doesn't offer hormone therapy.

Federal prisons implemented a policy last year allowing institutions to provide hormone therapy for inmates diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

But the Army medical policy doesn't cover that kind of care.