Chelsea Manning in hospital 'after trying to take own life'

CHELSEA Manning, the military whistleblower serving a 35 year sentence, has been rushed to hospital after reportedly trying to take her own life.

A US media report said that Manning, who us being held at in a cell at the US Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was taken to hospital early on Tuesday morning. CNN said that it was believed that the 28-year-old had tried to kill herself.

There was no immediate independent confirmation of this. A spokesman for the US Army told The Independent he was waiting for an approved statement before being able to comment.

Manning was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years' imprisonment, with the possibility of parole in the eighth year after being convicted of leaking classified material to Wilileaks.

Manning, who was born Bradley Manning, said in a statement after the sentencing that she had felt female since childhood and wanted to be known as Chelsea.

"As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me," she said at the time.

"I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition."

Last year, in a legal first, the US Army granted her hormone therapy to transition while serving her sentence at the Fort Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks, deeming it "medically appropriate and necessary".

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Chelsea Manning sued the military for the right to live as a woman
Approval came after she filed a lawsuit against the army because she said she had been been denied the treatment she needed for over a year.

Last week, Manning wrote an essay for the Guardian in which she welcomed the military's decision to end its ban on transgender people in service, but arguing that the reforms did not go far enough in establishing equality.


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