Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year prison sentence for providing classified information to WikiLeaks, attempted suicide in her Fort Leavenworth cell earlier this week, according to multiple media reports.
But her legal team claims that the Army is keeping them in the dark about her condition and prohibiting contact with Manning for at least another day.
However, Nancy Hollander, lead attorney on Manning’s defense team, said the Army is refusing to verify the report given to the media.
“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,” Hollander said in a statement shared with Army Times.
Hollander claims the Army also refused to connect a “privileged call” that she had scheduled with Manning at 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday sans explanation — at which point, according to the unverified Army report, she would have already been hospitalized.
Further, she says, the Army is refusing to let Manning speak to any of her lawyers before Friday morning.
“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,” she wrote. “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 appealed her 2013 conviction in May. The appeal must undergo a security review before its release, a court official said at the time.
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