You couldn’t make it up. He is five feet nothing. His Welsh mother is an alcoholic, his US Navy father likewise After the inevitable divorce.,he spends time at a Welsh Comprehensive. He joins the US Army. He is an out and out gay. But that isn’t enough, now he wants to change sex. More than that, he is the spy of the century. No author could get away with such a preposterous character. But there he is.
The US Army which he joined ,so he could get his university education paid for, within six weeks had second thoughts about Bradley call me Chelsea Manning . He was about to be discharged on several occasions but so short was the US Army of computer geeks, that he was in Army parlance “recycled”.
Not least to a nowhere base in the Iraq desert where the guys used to entertain themselves by looking at footage of US Black Hawks totalling citizens. Here despite appealing to his sergeant about his need for a sex change, wacking another soldier, curling up and sleeping in a cupboard he keeps his security clearance. Somehow as the court room pictures of the lad/lady testify( don’t you love the beret) in all this experience he picks up two rows of medals.
Bradley/Chelsea’s Boston student boy friend gives him up. He is bullied by the grunts. The Army is once again on the brink of getting rid of him. But they don’t. Good soldier Bradley links up with hackers and hey presto the meal is cooked.
So now Haverford West’s Tasker Milward Comprehensive’s most famous alumni goes down for 35. He was so unpopular at that school that on one camping expedition the other children just left him behind.
He/she has already done three,,he gets a bit of remission because they treated him rough and now they reckon he could be out in eight. The Army says no one changes sex in their prisons. But the US courts forced civilian prisons to change their tune. US courts have decreed that denying a chap a sex change in prison amounts to “cruel and unusual punishment”. Exactly.
But if he changes sex in the slammer what happens? Is he moved to a women’s prison?
Meanwhile old Julian Assuage is still in the Ecuadorian embassy. He is so confident of his sexual orientation that he is holed up to avoid rape charges in Sweden. His mate Snowden is hiding out Putin’s home of the free. You couldn’t make it up. This story is so wacky that it should have sub titles.
PS As it turns out Britain leads the world in military personnel changing sex. Three have done it. Two had problems and were discharged. One sued and lost, the court agreeing there were other issues. But the third settled down in her new sex and was full of praise for the support she received.