A Gay don't ask don't tell his boyfriend, a self-described drag queen?November 29 2010 at 6:41 AM
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Manning spent his early childhood in Oklahoma with his father and, while staying with his mother in southwest Wales as a teenager. Manning enlisted in the United States Army to become an intelligence analyst and was deployed with a support battalion with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Contingency Operating Station Hammer, Iraq.
Ginger Thompson said in a New York Times article that in Wales "classmates made fun of him for being gay", that former neighbors in Oklahoma described the young Manning as "opinionated beyond his years about politics, religion, and even about keeping religion out of politics." ,and that in the Army, Manning's "social life was defined by the need to conceal his sexuality under 'don't ask, don't tell' " Thompson said that sometime in 2008, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Manning became "part of a social circle that included politically motivated computer hackers and his boyfriend, a self-described drag queen. So when his military career seemed headed nowhere good, Private Manning, 22, turned increasingly to those friends for moral support". Thompson wrote that Manning has labelled himself a "humanist". Julian Assange called this article by Thompson "absolutely disgusting" saying it "removed all higher-level political motivations from him and psychoanalyzed him down to problems in his childhood and a demand for attention."
Before being arrested, Manning had been demoted from Specialist to Private First Class for assaulting another soldier and was to be discharged early