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Chelsea Manning 'suicide bid'

By Iain Thomson, 6 Jul 2016

Imprisoned WikiLeaker Chelsea Manning has been hospitalized after what was reportedly a suicide attempt.

Manning, 28, is serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking over 700,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department diplomatic cables, and video of a US airstrike killing a Reuters journalist and his crew.

The US military has said privacy laws don't allow it to comment on an individual's medical condition, but confirmed to CNN that Manning was taken to hospital "during the early hours of July 5th." She is now back at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Manning's lawyer Nancy Hollander says she has received no word at all from the US Army on the apparent suicide bid, and is furious: "We’re shocked and outraged that an official at Leavenworth contacted the press with private confidential medical information about Chelsea Manning yet no one at the Army has given a shred of information to her legal team." ®

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