Disgraced Former Army Intelligence Analyst Chelsea Manning Attempts Suicide While In Custody

 

(RightWingAmericans.com) – Chelsea Manning is undergoing recover after she attempted suicide on Wednesday, according to her legal team.

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, has been under lock and key in detainment since last May because she has continually refused to testify in front of a grand jury about her disclosing diplomatic and military secrets to WikiLeaks back in 2010.

Manning was scheduled to appear in court regarding a motion to terminate the contempt sanctions she has had on her because of the refusal to testify.

According to a statement released by her legal team:

“Chelsea Manning attempted to take her own life. She was taken to a hospital and is currently recovering. Manning has previously indicated that she will not betray her principles, even at risk of grave harm to herself. Her actions today evidence the strength of her convictions, as well as the profound harm she continues to suffer as a result of her ‘civil’ confinement.”

In March of last year, Manning was thrown in jail for a similar refusal to testify before a separate grand jury. While she was detained, she received another subpoena to appear before another grand jury. During that time, she was released from custody for approximately a week, but then thrown back in jail bya federal judge when she refused to testify again.

In addition to spending this long in confinement, Manning faces a fine of $1,000 per day that she refuses to testify. Her lawyers said the total has already reached close to $500,000. Despite this, Manning’s lawyers says she “remains unwavering in her refusal to participate in a secret grand jury process that she sees as highly susceptible to abuse.”

Back in 2013, Manning was convicted on 20 of 22 counts that she faced as a result of her stealing and then giving out more than 750,000 pages of classified documents and videos to WikiLeaks. The material included a video titled “Collateral Murder” and showed a U.S. helicopter that attacked both journalists and civilians in Iraq in 2007.

Manning wasn’t convicted of the most serious charge she faced — aiding the enemy — which could have seen her get a life sentence in prison. Still, Manning — who is a transgender woman — was given a 35-year prison sentence at an all-male Army prison in Kansas. Manning was also demoted from private first class down to private and dishonorably discharged.

After she served roughly seven years in that military prison, Manning was released in May 2017 following a surprising move by then-President Barack Obama, who commuted her sentence in the final days of his last term in office. That decision shocked and angered a lot of people in the intelligence community, including Ash Carter, then Secretary of Defense, who argued that Obama should not bail out Manning.

One source, according to CNN, called Obama’s move “deeply hypocritical given Obama’s denunciation of WikiLeaks’ role in the hacking of the (Democratic National Committee),” and that the “entire intelligence community is deflated by this inexplicable use of executive power.”