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Chelsea Manning Sentenced to Two Weeks of Solitary Confinement

Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning has been given two weeks of solitary confinement, confirms her lawyer, Chase Strangio, of the American Civil Liberties Union. 

Manning released a statement declaring that she was "found guilty of the 'Conduct Which Threatens' charge. This charge was for the suicide attempt." Manning said she would be serving 14 days in solitary and seven of those would be "suspended," but if she is to get in trouble again within the next six months, she will have to serve those seven days again. 

Manning confirmed that there is not a set date for her solitary confinement to start, but that when she gets the results from the disciplinary board that charged her with "conduct which threatens," she will have 15 days to appeal.

"I am feeling hurt. I am feeling lonely. I am embarrassed by the decision. I don’t know how to explain it," Manning wrote of the news. "I am touched by your warm messages of love and support. This comforts me in my time of need.”

On September 13, Manning ended a five-day hunger strike. She was protesting against her treatment at a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where she is serving a 35-year sentence for her involvement in sharing classified information with WikiLeaks in 2010. 

The U.S. military recently agreed to provide manning with gender-confirmation surgery. Military officials agreed to provide the service because of the Department of Defense's new policy that provides opportunities for transgender service members to receive necessary medical treatment. 

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