A day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison (he could be eligible for parole in about 8) for providing government files to Wikileaks, Bradley Manning released a statement explaining that he views himself as a female. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.”

+ How likely is it that Manning will receive hormone therapy while doing his time in military prison? Not very.

+ From The New Yorker’s John Cassidy: Even if President Obama doesn’t pardon Manning, history will.

+ “He was a troubled kid looking to make a mark who simply spilled every secret he knew, the equivalent of screaming as loud as he could in the hope that all that noise would bring some attention.” From The Daily Beast’s Brian Van Reet: Manning Is Guilty and So Is the Army That Sent Him Overseas.

+ So as of this moment, should Manning be referred to as he or she? So far, reporters aren’t quite sure.