Former intelligence analyst refuses to testify about WikiLeaks…

Lawyers: 'Chelsea' Manning Attempts Suicide in Va. Jail

(Liberty Headlines) The legal team for transgender Bradley “Chelsea” Manning said Wednesday that the former intelligence analyst tried to take his own life Wednesday, but was transported to a hospital where he is recovering.

Manning has been in jail since May 2019 for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

He was scheduled to appear in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, on Friday for a hearing on a motion to terminate the civil contempt sanctions stemming from that refusal.

In the motion filed last month, Manning’s lawyers argued that Manning has shown during his incarceration that he can’t be coerced into testifying before a grand jury.

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Manning served seven years in a military prison for leaking a trove of documents to WikiLeaks before President Barack Obama commuted the remainder of his 35-year sentence in 2017.

Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne said Wednesday: “There was an incident at approximately 12:11 p.m. today at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center involving inmate Chelsea Manning. It was handled appropriately by our professional staff and (Mr.) Manning is safe.”

Andy Stepanian, a spokesman for Manning’s legal team, said in a statement Wednesday that Manning “remains unwavering in her refusal to participate in a secret grand jury process that (he) sees as highly susceptible to abuse.”

Adapted from reporting by Associated Press.