Chelsea Manning Given 14 Days in Solitary Confinement for Suicide Attempt

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Prison officials at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas have sentenced Chelsea Manning to 14 days in solitary confinement following a July suicide attempt, which they said “interfered with the good order, safety, and running of the facility,” the Guardian reports. Seven of the 14 days have been suspended indefinitely.

“If I get in trouble in the next six months, those seven days will come back,” Manning said in a statement. “There is no set date set for this to start.” She continued: “I am feeling hurt. I am feeling lonely. I am embarrassed by the decision. I don’t know how to explain it.”

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Manning is serving 35 years for leaking classified government documents relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks. In 2012, U.N. investigators charged the United States with cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment towards Manning.

This week, in addition to being found guilty on a “conduct which threatens” charge for the suicide attempt, Manning was also found guilty on a “prohibited property” charge, for possessing an unmarked copy of Gabriella Coleman’s Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy. (In the past, Manning has been disciplined for having a copy of Vanity Fair’s issue with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover, as well as an expired tube of toothpaste.)

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Manning went on a hunger strike earlier this month to protest the government’s denial of psychiatrist-recommended treatment for gender dysphoria disorder. After five days, the government agreed to allow Manning to receive gender transition surgery.

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