What are your thoughts on this? Manning’s lawyers say her (or is it his?) sentence is too harsh. Do you agree?
Chelsea Manning, the ex-US-soldier who is serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking thousands of secret military documents, allegedly attempted suicide in prison.
Manning, 28, tried to hang herself inside a cell at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas on early Tuesday, a source told TMZ.
She was hospitalized in the prison hospital before being released, as she is being ‘monitored.’
In 2010, Manning leaked classified Army documents to the website WikiLeaks and was convicted on 21 counts of espionage.
She was working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq when she leaked airstrike videos, US diplomatic cables and 482,832 Army reports that went on to become known as the Iraqi War Logs and Afghan War Diary.
In 2013, Manning was sentenced on the charges to 35 years in prison.
She was born Bradley Manning, and in a statement after being sentenced she said she had felt female since childhood and wanted to be known as Chelsea,
She transitioned from male to female in prison.
In May, her lawyers filed an appeal citing that she acted in the interests of the public.
In their argument, they claim she doesn’t deserve the ‘harsh’ sentence in prison.
‘For what PFC Manning did, the punishment is grossly unfair and unprecedented,’ the appeal, filed Wednesday, said. ‘No whistleblower in American history has been sentenced this harshly.’
Her lawyers hope to get the court to either reduce her sentence to ten years or dismiss the charges entirely, Manning said on her blog.