Chelsea Manning Reportedly Makes Suicide Attempt


Former U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified military documents to Wikileaks, reportedly tried to take her own life.

Manning, 28, was taken to a hospital near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in the early morning hours of July 5, according to a statement by an official, reports CNN. She has since been released from the hospital and is being monitored.

While details remain unclear, reports say Manning attempted to hang herself in her cell, according to TMZ.

Chase Strangio, Manning's ACLU attorney, told CNN he does not have any knowledge of the situation.

"I am still trying to figure out what is happening," he said. "I have unfortunately not been contacted by Leavenworth and have no additional information."

In 2013, Manning admitted to leaking more than 750,000 government documents to Wikileaks and was subsequently found guilty of violating the Espionage Act. She was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison and may be eligible for parole after eight years, according to the New York Post.

Born Bradley, Manning made the transition from male to female while in custody. The Army has agreed to provide her with hormone therapy, CNN reports.

Sources: CNN, TMZ, New York Post / Photo credit: U.S. Army via CNN

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