Chelsea Manning Tweets After Suicide Attempt

'I'm glad to be alive'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2016 6:03 AM CDT
"I am okay," Manning tweeted Monday.   (US Army via AP File)

(Newser) – Chelsea Manning's attorneys confirmed Monday that she had indeed tried to commit suicide last week, but Manning herself sent a message out Monday night to reassure those worried about her, CNN reports. "I am okay. I'm glad to be alive. Thank you all for your love, I will get through this," she tweeted, including a heart symbol with her note.

Meanwhile, Manning's lawyers issued a joint statement Monday that noted, "She knows that people have questions about how she is doing and she wants everyone to know that she remains under close observation by the prison and expects to remain on this status for the next several weeks." Manning, 28, who's serving a 35-year sentence in Kansas' Fort Leavenworth for sharing government documents with WikiLeaks, isn't allowed to use the Internet in prison: Instead, she dictates her tweets into a phone, and a communications company posts the tweets for her. (Manning was disciplined last year for having old toothpaste.)

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