Chelsea Manning Faces Disciplinary Charges Following Prison Suicide Attempt
Chelsea Manning, formerly known as convicted military soldier Bradley Manning, is now facing disciplinary charges following her recent prison suicide attempt, according to reports on Friday.
Chelsea Manning Faces Disciplinary Charges After Suicide Attempt
Manning’s lawyer said the former soldier found out Thursday that she’s being investigated for three administrative charges, including “conduct which threatens” and having contraband property.
“Early yesterday morning, I received serious charges in relation to my suicide attempt earlier this month…freechelsea.com,” Manning’s Twitter accounted posted on Friday.
Early yesterday morning, I received serious charges in relation to my suicide attempt earlier this month. =( https://t.co/ENAF1I1fiV
— Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) July 29, 2016
Manning can lose her chance at parole and be sentenced to decades of solitary confinement if she is found guilty, according to to an American Civil Liberties Union press release.
“It is deeply troubling that Chelsea is now being subjected to an investigation and possible punishment for her attempt to take her life,” ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio said.
“While Chelsea is suffering the darkest depression she has experienced since her arrest, the government is taking actions to punish her for that pain,” Strangio added.
A transcript of the Army’s notice of investigation — dictated by Manning in a phone call — reportedly excluded the June 5 suicide attempt. After her attempt, Manning was transferred to a local hospital.
Manning, 28, is serving a 35-year sentence at Kansas military prison after a July 2013 conviction for violations of the Espionage Act. Manning leaked thousands of State Department files through Wikileaks during her time in the military.
The former soldier came out as transgender after her conviction and began hormone treatment in prison in 2015.
Since she was taken into custody in 2010, Manning has served her entire sentence in an all-male prison.
In May, Manning filed an appeal for her espionage conviction.