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Chelsea Manning appears to threaten suicide in Twitter photo

Chelsea Manning (Wikipedia/Tim Travers Hawkins)
May 29, 2018

Chelsea Manning posted a photo to Twitter on Sunday of what appeared to be someone’s feet standing on the edge of a building window ledge several stories high, overlooking a street with cars on it.

The post’s caption read “I’m sorry” and appeared to be an attempted suicide. The post has since been removed.

Then, just after midnight Sunday, a post was published on Manning’s Twitter account that read: “Chelsea is safe. She is on the phone with friends, thanks everyone for your concern and please give her some space.”

Manning, 30, is the transgender former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who leaked more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, making it the largest leak in United States history. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but her sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama. Manning was released from prison on year ago, last May.

Manning, who entered an all-male military prison as “Bradley,” announced he was transgender immediately after his sentencing in 2013.

When the military denied Manning’s request for hormones, Manning tried to commit suicide twice.

The then-Army intelligence analyst leaked more than 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks because she believed she had a responsibility to the public, she has said. Manning did not think releasing nearly three-quarters of a million documents would threaten national security.

Manning was released from prison early after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence – the longest prison term given to an American leaker. Obama commuted Manning’s sentence just days before he left office.

Manning filed to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland last year, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings dated Jan. 11. Manning filed to run as a Democrat.