Chelsea Manning could be placed in solitary confinement indefinitely for allegedly violating prison rules by having a copy of Vanity Fair with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover and an expired tube of toothpaste, among other things, her lawyer says. Attorney Nancy Hollander says an Aug. 18 hearing is set at the Fort Leavenworth military prison for the transgender Army private, who's serving a 35-year sentence for giving information to WikiLeaks. The hearing before a three-person panel is closed, although Manning has asked that it be public. "This is like prison disciplinary infractions in a civilian prison and there will be a hearing, but frankly, it looks to me like harassment," Hollander says.
The prison charges include possession of prohibited property in the form of books and magazines while under administrative segregation; medicine misuse over the toothpaste; disorderly conduct for sweeping food onto the floor; and disrespect. The maximum penalty Manning could face is indefinite solitary confinement. Hollander says she's particularly troubled by the fact that Manning's reading material was taken away from her, including a novel about transgender issues, the book Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy—The Many Faces of Anonymous, the book I Am Malala, and the US Senate report on CIA torture. "There is certainly no security risk, and that could impinge on her free speech rights and attempt to silence her," the lawyer says. (Read more Chelsea Manning stories.)