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WikiLeaks: Whistleblower Chelsea Manning attempted suicide

Former WikiLeaks informant Chelsea Manning attempted suicide on Wednesday, two days before a hearing on her refusal to testify before a grand jury last year, her support group said.

“She was taken to hospital and is currently recovering,” said in a statement the Sparrow Project, a press and communication agency close to its causes.

The former military analyst “must still appear” Friday before a judge of a court of the state of Virginia to answer a charge of contempt of justice.

” Principles “

Chelsea Manning was imprisoned in March 2019 for refusing to testify before a grand jury charged with investigating WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, to whom she had transmitted in 2010 a mass of confidential documents. She was briefly released in May 2019 for technical reasons, before being imprisoned again a few days later.

She remains today “very firmly decided” not to participate in this procedure, “very likely” according to her to lead to abuse, said her support group.

“Ms. Manning has previously indicated that she will not renege on her principles, even if it would cause her serious harm,” said the Sparrow Project. Chelsea Manning had already made several suicide attempts in detention.

Obama commuted sentence

In 2010, Private Manning, who has since changed genders, had leaked more than 700,000 confidential documents relating to the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan thanks to WikiLeaks, including more than 250,000 diplomatic cables that had plunged the states. -United in embarrassment.

The former intelligence analyst was sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison by a court martial, but his sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama.

She was released in May 2017 after seven years in prison, during which she began her transition to the female sex. Chelsea Manning, born under the name of Bradley, has also become an icon of transgender people.

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