Chelsea Manning ends hunger strike as U.S. army OK's gender reassignment treatment

U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, serving a 35-year prison term for passing classified files to WikiLeaks, ended her hunger strike on Tuesday after the army said she will receive treatment for her gender dysphoria, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

Treatment will begin with surgery recommended by her psychologist, says ACLU

U.S. army private Chelsea Manning, 28, revealed she identifies as a woman after her espionage conviction. (U.S. Army via Associated Press)

U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, serving a 35-year prison term for passing classified files to WikiLeaks, ended her hunger strike on Tuesday after the army said she will receive treatment for her gender dysphoria, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

The 28-year-old army private, who was born male but revealed after being convicted of espionage that she identifies as a woman, announced the hunger strike on Friday.

Manning's treatment will begin with surgery that was recommended by her psychologist in April, the ACLU, which represented Manning, said in a statement.

Manning is held in Kansas.