Bradley Manning, sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for releasing documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, is a woman, so says her attorney.

In a written statement read on NBC's Today Show, Manning's attorney, David Coombs, spoke on behalf of the demoted Army private, stating, "I am Chelsea Manning.  I am a female."

Letter from Bradley Manning a/k/a Chelsea Manning via NBC's Today Show, www.today.com

Dozens of protestors gathered outside of the White House yesterday calling on President Obama to pardon Manning for his crimes.

Originally thought to unrelated stories, they now may not be:

Gay Reporter Blindsides Russian TV Program by Blasting Country's Anti-Homosexual Laws [VIDEO]

Russia's controversial policy against homosexuality continues to make headlines. Gay reporter James Kirchick was slated to appear on the country's English-speaking news program 'Russia Today' (which is run by the Kremlin) to talk about Bradley Manning's sentence, but instead turned into a forum to criticize Russia's anti-gay laws.