Chelsea Manning, the sex-swapping military whistleblower serving 35 years behind bars for leaking classified secrets, has been rushed to the hospital, reportedly following a suicide attempt.
Manning was rushed to the emergency room on Tuesday from her cell at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after she tried to take her own life, according to a tweet by CNN law enforcement reporter Shimon Prokupecz, although there has been no independent confirmation.
But sources told TMZ
that Manning tried to hang herself inside her cell. She has since been returned to prison, but is being "monitored."
Last week, the former Army soldier who came out as a transgender woman after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for espionage — said the military's new reforms to protect transgender military personnel "falls far short" of what is needed.
"When it comes to trans inclusion in the military, at this point, there are still too many questions," Manning wrote in an opinion piece published in Friday's Guardian
"We don't yet know whether this policy of 'inclusion' will be in name only and whether medical providers and commanders will find ways to push us out, dehumanize us and cast us as freaks."
Manning was reacting to Thursday's announcement by the Pentagon that transgender individuals can now serve openly in the U.S. military — a decision that reverses a longtime ban.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter called the change the right thing to do and said only a person's qualifications should matter.
But Manning says many issues remain "unresolved and concerning."
"We don't need the military to be the gatekeeper of our gender expression and identity. We should be able to define ourselves," Manning wrote
The ex-Army intelligence analyst, 28, was formerly known as Bradley Manning and was found guilty in February 2013 on 10 counts connected with the WikiLeaks scandal.
After being sentenced in 2014, Manning then announced she was a female and asked to as Chelsea and with feminine pronouns.
She made news last August when she was threatened with solitary confinement at the Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas for possessing the Caitlyn Jenner cover issue of Vanity Fair magazine and other "prohibited" publications.
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