14 Days in Solitary for Chelsea Manning

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A prison disciplinary board in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has sentenced Chelsea Manning to 14 days in solitary confinement for her suicide attempt in July and for possessing a book deemed prohibited, the transgender soldier and her attorney said on Twitter.

Seven of the 14 days in solitary are suspended, but Manning said in a statement Friday, “If I get in trouble in the next six months, those seven days will come back.” The charge related to her suicide attempt was for “conduct which threatens”; the charge against Manning for the possession of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy, the book by Gabriella Coleman, was possession of “prohibited property.”

In the statement, Manning said she has 15 days to appeal the ruling. It’s unclear if she will do that, however.

“I am feeling hurt. I am feeling lonely. I am embarrassed by the decision,” she said. “I don’t know how to explain it.”

Manning has previously linked her attempt to end her own life to “the lack of care for my gender dysphoria that I have been desperate for.” Earlier this month, she ended a weeklong hunger strike after the U.S. Army agreed to let her have the medically prescribed treatment for her gender dysphoria.

Manning, who was arrested in 2010 as Bradley Manning, was convicted in 2013 for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks while working as a military intelligence analyst in Iraq. She is serving a 35-year sentence for her actions, and faced an additional nine years for the suicide attempt.

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