Chelsea Manning risks solitary confinement

2015-08-14 14:30
Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. (U.S. Army, File/AP)

Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. (U.S. Army, File/AP)

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Washington - Chelsea Manning, the American soldier serving a 35-year prison sentence for a massive leak of classified US documents, could be placed in solitary confinement, her supporters said.

Manning on Tuesday will be the subject of disciplinary proceedings for "disorderly conduct" during a prison meal, and "disrespect" towards a prison guard during the incident, they said.

She is also reported to have been in possession of contraband books, magazines and expired toothpaste, according to the website, which published the charges.

It added that Manning, who underwent hormone treatment to become a woman, was in possession of the Vanity Fair magazine featuring Caitlyn Jenner, the former US Olympian who underwent a sex change.

The prison administration said that "the maximum charges for these offenses is indefinite solitary confinement", according to the Manning website.

Manning's document

The US Army confirmed that Manning was the subject of disciplinary proceedings, without specifying the charges or potential penalties.

"The Army remains committed to a fair and equitable process in the adjudication of administrative matters for all of its soldiers," Army spokesperson Tatjana Christian said Thursday.

Manning, who was formerly a male enlistee known as Bradley Manning, is serving out her sentence at Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas.

After months of legal wrangling, the US Army approved hormone therapy for Manning's gender "reassignment," an unprecedented step for the military.

The former army intelligence analyst was convicted in August 2013 of espionage and other offenses after admitting to handing more than 700 000 classified documents, including military intelligence reports and State Department cables, to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

US officials describe Manning's document dump as the biggest leak of classified files in American history.

Manning has become something of a dual symbol, embodying the fight against government secrecy and the plight of transgendered Americans.

She is a regular contributor to the press through her social network, and writes occasional commentaries for The Guardian newspaper's American edition, offering her take on US foreign policy.

She began posting on Twitter in April with help from supporters.

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