Chelsea Manning, serving a 35-year sentence at the U.S. Military Barracks in Leavenworth for espionage, took to Twitter on Monday night to tell supporters she was feeling OK after a suicide attempt last week.
Her message read, “I am okay. I’m glad to be alive. Thank you all for your love … I will get through this. #standbychelsea.”
The 28-year-old Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. At that time, Manning was known as Bradley Manning. Just before incarceration, the former U.S. Army private revealed that she was transgender and was newly identifying as Chelsea.
Manning tried to commit suicide early on July 5. Unconfirmed reports leaked soon after. On Monday, her attorneys, Chase Strangio of the American Civil Liberties Union and colleagues Vincent Ward and Nancy Hollander, released a statement that said Manning was under close supervision at the prison.
They also accused the government of releasing her medical information without her authorization.
“Though she would have preferred to keep her private medical information private, and instead focus on her recovery, the government’s gross breach of confidentiality in disclosing her personal health information to the media has created the very real concern that they may continue their unauthorized release of information about her publicly without warning,” the statement said.
“Due to these circumstances, Chelsea Manning requested that we communicate with the media and her friends and supporters on her behalf.”
An Army spokesman did not immediately return calls on Tuesday seeking comment.
Manning does not have access to Twitter at the military prison. She communicates with an outside supporter who tweets on her behalf. Manning’s lawyers are appealing her conviction.