US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, 32, formerly known as Bradley Manning, has been held inside a jail cell at the Alexandria Detention Centre in Virginia since May 2019 for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
According to The Daily Mail, citing sources, Manning attempted to hang herself with a sheet inside the detention centre. The WikiLeaks whistleblower reportedly had a pulse when she was found inside her cell at around 1 p.m., according to the media report.
“A jail deputy discovered her while conducting a check in the special housing unit where Chelsea is being housed […] They found her with a sheet around her neck. Other deputies arrived and first aid was administered before she was taken to the hospital”, a source said, cited by The Daily Mail.
Manning’s attorney has confirmed Manning’s suicide attempt.
“On Wednesday March 11 Chelsea Manning attempted to take her own life. She was taken to a hospital and is currently recovering”, Moira Meltzer-Cohen said.
According to Meltzer-Cohen, Manning is scheduled to “appear on Friday for a previously calendared hearing, at which Judge Anthony Trenga will rule on a motion to terminate the civil contempt sanctions stemming from her May 2019 refusal to give testimony before a grand jury investigating the publication of her 2010 disclosures”.
“In spite of those sanctions – which have so far included over a…