Attorneys: Yes, Chelsea Manning Attempted Suicide

She's now under close supervision
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 11, 2016 6:05 PM CDT
Attorneys: Yes, Chelsea Manning Attempted Suicide
In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick.   (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

Attorneys for the transgender soldier imprisoned for sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks are confirming that her hospitalization last week was due to an attempted suicide, the AP reports. Chelsea Manning's attorneys didn't disclose in an emailed statement Monday the details of the attempt, which happened early July 5 at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth. The attorneys accused the US Army of a "gross breach of confidentiality" for publicly revealing last week that Manning had been hospitalized, though the Army didn't offer details.

After speaking by telephone with Manning on Monday, her attorneys say she remains under close supervision and will remain so for several weeks. An Army spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Manning is appealing her 2013 conviction and 35-year prison sentence. (Read more Chelsea Manning stories.)

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