Chelsea Manning could face indefinite solitary confinement after attempted suicide

Lawyers representing US whistleblower say new charges could also negate her chances of parole

Chelsea Manning could face indefinite solitary confinement after attempted suicide

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Chelsea Manning could be placed in indefinite solitary confinement if convicted of charges relating to her attempted suicide earlier this month, according to her lawyers.

Manning, a transgender soldier, is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified files to pro-whistleblower site Wikileaks.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said their client was informed yesterday that she is being investigated for new charges stemming from her attempt to take her own life on July 5th.

The charges include “resisting the force cell move team”, “prohibited property” and “conduct which threatens”.  

If convicted of these “administrative offences”, she could face punishment including indefinite solitary confinement, reclassification into maximum security and an additional nine years in medium custody.

It may also negate her chances of parole, according to the ACLU.

"It is deeply troubling that Chelsea is now being subjected to an investigation and possible punishment for her attempt to take her life,” Chase Strangio of the ACLU said in a statement. 

"The government has long been aware of Chelsea's distress associated with the denial of medical care related to her gender transition and yet delayed and denied the treatment recognised as necessary.

"Now, while Chelsea is suffering the darkest depression she has experienced since her arrest, the government is taking actions to punish her for that pain.

"It is unconscionable and we hope that the investigation is immediately ended and that she is given the healthcare that she needs to recover."

Manning, a former intelligence analyst in Iraq, was convicted of six counts of espionage in 2013 after leaking over 700,000 classified documents and videos to Wikileaks.

Her lawyers say she has been subjected to long stretches of solitary confinement and denied medical treatment for gender dysphoria since first being taken into custody in 2010.