Former intelligence analyst and leaker of classified information Chelsea Manning attempted suicide in prison Wednesday, Fox News reports.
Manning was rushed to the hospital after the incident and is now recovering. She has been in jail since May 2019 for refusing to testify before a grand jury in relation to an investigation into WikiLeaks.
Details on the situation are scarce; however, police have said the “incident” was “handled appropriately.”
“There was an incident at approximately 12:11 p.m. today at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center involving inmate Chelsea Manning,” Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne announced Wednesday. “It was handled appropriately by our professional staff and Ms. Manning is safe.”
Manning was jailed in May of 2019 after refusing to cooperate with a grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks. Manning told the judge in May that she’d “rather starve to death” than comply with the subpoena.
She was expected to appear before the judge on Friday in regard to a motion filed by her legal team to terminate the civil contempt sanctions ordered after her refusal to comply with the subpoena.
Grand jury probe
A former Army intelligence analyst, Manning has spent the better part of the last decade in prison for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, The New York Times reports.
According to Fox News, “Manning was found guilty of espionage and theft in 2013 and was sentenced to 35 years in prison after she leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks.”
Her sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama in 2017 after serving seven years, but she was re-arrested in May of 2019.
Manning’s legal team has since characterized the grand jury investigation process as “highly susceptible to abuse,” according to The Washington Times.
Manning also wrote after her second arrest that the probe is “an effort to frighten journalists and publishers, who serve a public good.”
Her condition remains largely unclear.