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NY Times makes 'Chelsea Manning' official policy, public editor calls it 'the right thing to do


The New York Times' Public Editor Margaret Sullivan has a blog post sharing an email sent to the Times staff from deputy editor Susan Wessling on Monday.

"Starting tomorrow, we will move to a new formulation," the email says. "Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Pfc. Bradley Manning." That's how the Times will refer to Manning in its copy. The email also said to refer to Manning as "she."

"I'm glad to see The Times make this move and to do so fairly quickly," Sullivan wrote in her post about the new policy. "It's the right thing to do."

Manning was recently sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing classified government documents to WikiLeaks. After his sentence, he announced that he feels like a woman and would like to henceforth be referred to as "Chelsea" and as a "she."


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