As is their wont, WikiLeaks made the announcement online, using Twitter, and remained steadfast that the case by our DoJ against Assange was unconstitutional.
They did not mention that putting classified material online that could ultimately get our military killed is also unconstitutional and highly illegal, but that must have simply been a small oversight.
Manning provided WikiLeaks with over 700,000 documents from the State Department and is serving a mere 35 year sentence (rather than being given the death penalty).
And now, as he serves his time as a traitor under the Espionage Act, he is asking for the US taxpayer to go along with his delusion that he is a woman so that he can have his genitals mutilated to appear to look like those of an actual woman without having to pay for the procedure.
Assange, on the other hand, is hiding out at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June 2012. He is doing so to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations. His biggest fear is that Stockholm would then extradite him to the U.S. because of the WikiLeaks publishing of those Manning-stolen documents containing secret cables from our military, which were leaked by him when he was a U.S. soldier.
The ACLU and the LGBT have lobbied Obama to commute Manning's sentence. In the first case because they are a leftist, USA-bashing group. In the latter case, because they need to support people who are as delusional as they are in terms of transgender issues.
Manning has twice tried to commit suicide but each time screwed it up.