- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

National security leaker Chelsea Manning was reportedly hospitalized Tuesday from an apparent suicide attempt.

The former U.S. Army soldier, who is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was taken Tuesday to a local hospital near the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, CNN reported.

U.S. Army spokesman Col. Patrick Seiber confirmed to CNN that Manning was taken to the hospital “during the early hours of July 5th” before returning to the barracks. The spokesman said that officials “continue to monitor the inmate’s condition.”

A U.S. official, who was not named, told CNN that Manning was hospitalized after what is believed to be a suicide attempt. An unnamed source told TMZ that Manning tried to hang herself in her cell early Tuesday.

Chase Strangio, Manning’s attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union, told CNN that he has been unable to confirm the report.

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

Manning’s legal team, led by Nancy Hollander, responded to the reports in a statement to The Daily Dot.

“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,” the statement said.

Ms. Hollander said she had a scheduled phone call with Manning Tuesday afternoon but the call never came through. She said she was told by Fort Leavenworth officials that she must have missed the call, which she called an “outright lie.” It is unclear whether Manning was in the hospital at that time, The Daily Dot reported.

“Despite the fact that they have reached out to the media, and that any other prison will connect an emergency call, the Army has told her lawyers that the earliest time that they will accommodate a call between her lawyers and Chelsea is Friday morning,” the statement continued. “We call on the Army to immediately connect Chelsea Manning to her lawyers and friends who care deeply about her well-being and are profoundly distressed by the complete lack of official communication about Chelsea’s current situation.”

Manning was convicted on 20 counts of espionage for passing classified documents to WikiLeaks. Formerly known as Bradley Manning, she transitioned to a woman while serving out her sentence.

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