Supporters of the transgender intelligence analyst Chelsea manning who was jailed for supplying classified material to antisecrecy group WikiLeaks say she has been ordered to spend two weeks in solitary confinement partly as punishment for a failed suicide attempt. Mana Rabiee reports.
Chelsea Manning facing solitary for suicide attempt
Supporters of Chelsea Manning’s say she’s been ordered to spend two weeks in solitary confinement.
They say a military disciplinary board told her it’s punishment for her failed suicide attempt in July
— AND for keeping a banned book in her cell from the hacker group Anonymous.
The former U.S. intelligence analyst is serving 35 years for passing more than 700,000 classified files to WikiLeaks,
He lawyers say Manning, who wants to undergo gender reassignment surgery, tried to kill herself in jail because the military denied her appropriate healthcare.
Manning says in a statement she’s feeling “hurt” and can’t “explain” this latest punishment.
But she says it could be as little as seven days with good behavior, and that she can appeal the decision.
One of her attorneys, from the American Civil Liberties Union, says its difficult to understand the “logic” of punishing anyone with solitary confinement, for trying to end their life.