Army Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Hospitalized After Apparent Suicide Attempt: Report

The former U.S. Army soldier was sentenced to 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act.

Former U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning was hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt at Fort Leavenworth, according to a report.

The transgender prisoner, who is serving 35 years for violating the Espionage Act, was treated at a medical center near the base’s disciplinary barracks, CNN said Wednesday, citing a source.

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A message left by with Fort Leavenworth’s Public Affairs Office was not returned.

In a statement provided to, Manning attorney Nancy Hollander expressed outrage that "no one at the Army has given a shred of information to her legal team."

The lawyer said she had a scheduled 2 p.m. call with Manning on Tuesday, but her client never came to the phone. The prison's explanation, "which I now believe to be an outright lie, (was) that the call could not be connected although my team was waiting by the phone," Hollander said.

Manning, 28, was convicted in 2013 of giving classified materials to WikiLeaks.

A month later, Manning announced she had always identified as a female and would begin living as a woman. In 2014, she changed her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

“I want everyone to know the real me,” she wrote in her public announcement. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible … I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun.”

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She successfully sued the Army for hormone treatments behind bars, but said she was devastated by the military’s refusal to let her grow her hair long. In written conversations with Cosmopolitan magazine, Manning said she was “torn up” that she was forced to have short hair and called her situation “painful and awkward.”

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