Chelsea Manning Hospitalized Amid Reports of Suicide Attempt

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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.

The U.S. Army says Chelsea Manning was briefly hospitalized this week, but few details have been provided.

Army spokesman Wayne Hall says the 28-year-old imprisoned transgender soldier was taken to a hospital on Tuesday near Fort Leavenworth and was later returned to the Kansas military base's prison, where Manning is now being monitored. Hall and other Pentagon officials didn't say why she was hospitalized.

On Wednesday morning, CNN and TMZ reported that Manning was hospitalized due to what is believed to be a suicide attempt, citing anonymous sources.

Manning's appellate attorney, Nancy Hollander, said she was unaware of the hospitalization until Wednesday and was "profoundly distressed by the complete lack of official communication about Chelsea's current situation."

Hollander, the lead attorney on Manning's defense team, added that she was "shocked" and "outraged" that an official at Leavenworth contacted the press with "private confidential medical information."

Read the full statement below:

We’re shocked and outraged that an official at Leavenworth contacted the press with private confidential medical information about Chelsea Manning yet no one at the Army has given a shred of information to her legal team.

I had a privileged call scheduled with Chelsea at 2pm Leavenworth time yesterday, after the Army has now said she was hospitalized, but the Army gave the excuse — which I now believe to be an outright lie — that the call could not be connected although my team was waiting by the phone.

Despite the fact that they have reached out to the media, and that any other prison will connect an emergency call, the Army has told her lawyers that the earliest time that they will accommodate a call between her lawyers and Chelsea is Friday morning. We call on the Army to immediately connect Chelsea Manning to her lawyers and friends who care deeply about her well-being and are profoundly distressed by the complete lack of official communication about Chelsea’s current situation.

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

A Fort Leavenworth spokeswoman declined comment, citing medical privacy laws.