Former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning is recovering in a hospital after attempting to take her own life inside her jail cell in Virginia, her lawyers said in a statement. Manning has been jailed on contempt of court charges for refusing to testify to a grand jury in the investigation on Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange.
Manning was due back in court on Friday in Alexandria, Virginia. The judge was to rule on whether to terminate her civil contempt sanctions. It isn’t known if that court appearance will happen.
The Sheriff’s Office released a statement acknowledging that there had been “an incident” involving Manning. In the statement, Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne said: “There was an incident at approximately 12:11 p.m. today at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center involving inmate Chelsea Manning. It was handled appropriately by our professional staff and Ms. Manning is safe.”
Manning was arrested in July 2010. She was sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison for violation of the Espionage Act for leaking classified military information to Assange and Wikileaks. She was placed in the military prison in Ft. Leavenworth. In one of his last official acts as President, Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence to seven years. Manning tried unsuccessfully to run for the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in 2018 against incumbent Ben Cardin in Maryland.