Chelsea Manning Punished for Suicide Attempt

She was found guilty of 'conduct which threatens'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2016 6:17 AM CDT
Chelsea Manning Punished for Suicide Attempt
FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. Manning, a transgender soldier imprisoned in Kansas for leaking classified information to the WikiLeaks website will end a hunger strike after the Army agreed to allow her to...   (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

Chelsea Manning's suicide attempt in July has been deemed "conduct which threatens" and the military is punishing her for it. A lawyer says Manning, who was also found guilty of having banned book Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy in her cell at Fort Leavenworth military prison, was sentenced to 14 days of solitary confinement, the BBC reports. According to a statement released via the Fight for the Future advocacy group, seven days of the sentence have been suspended and it is not clear when Manning will start serving the other seven.

"I am feeling hurt. I am feeling lonely. I am embarrassed by the decision. I don’t know how to explain it," Manning said in the statement. ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio tells Reuters that "our systems of incarceration punishing people with the cruelty of solitary for attempting to end their life" defies logic. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for passing classifed information to WikiLeaks. She ended a hunger strike last week after the military decided to allow her to get medical treatment for her gender dysphoria. (Julian Assange has offered to go to prison in the US if President Obama frees Manning.)

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