Chelsea Manning Attorneys Confirm Reports of Attempted Suicide

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The convicted national security leaker, previously known as Bradley Manning, is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Attorneys for Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier imprisoned for sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, have confirmed that her hospitalization last week was due to an attempted suicide.

"Last week, Chelsea made a decision to end her life," Manning's attorneys Chase Strangio, Vincent Ward and Nancy Hollander said Monday in a joint statement, which Strangio shared on Twitter. "Her attempt to take her own life was unsuccessful."

They didn't disclose in an emailed statement Monday the details of the attempt, which occurred on July 5 at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The attorneys accused the U.S. Army of a "gross breach of confidentiality" for publicly revealing last week that Manning had been hospitalized, though the Army didn't offer details.

After speaking by telephone with Manning on Monday, her attorneys say she remains under close supervision and will remain so for several weeks.

Manning's official Twitter account followed up the statement, tweeting: "I'm glad to be alive."

An Army spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, is appealing her 2013 conviction. She was convicted in military court for sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks and is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence.

July 11, 7:30 p.m. PT: Update with Manning account tweet