Chelsea Manning attempts suicide in Virginia jail
Convicted ex-Army intelligence analyst was due in court on Friday
March 12, 2020 - 11:44am
Former Army intelligence analyst and convicted spy Chelsea Manning attempted suicide Wednesday, according to her legal team.
Manning was in a Virginia jail at the time of the attempt and is now recovering in a nearby hospital. She was due in court on Friday for a hearing on a motion to terminate the civil contempt sanctions for which she is being held.
Manning, born Bradley Manning, was convicted in a military court in July 2013 of violating the Espionage Act and for other offenses in connection with disclosing government information to WikiLeaks.
She served seven years in a military prison before President Obama in 2017 commuted the remainder of that 35-year sentence.
Manning has been in jail since May 2019 for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks, which publishes news leaks and other classified information.
According to her legal team, Manning is unwavering in her refusal to testify before a secret grand jury process.
She has reportedly attempted suicide on at least two other occasions.
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