The Army is confirming that Chelsea Manning had to be hospitalized early Tuesday, but it won't divulge details about why or allow her lawyers to speak with her. Both TMZ and CNN have reported that the 28-year-old tried to commit suicide, apparently by hanging, in her cell at Fort Leavenworth. Manning has since been returned to the barracks, and her lawyers say the earliest the Army will allow them to speak with her by phone is Friday morning, reports NBC News.
"We're shocked and outraged that an official at Leavenworth contacted the press with private confidential medical information about Chelsea Manning yet no one at the Army has given a shred of information to her legal team," says lead attorney Nancy Hollander. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking military secrets. (She previously was punished for having old toothpaste.)