Chelsea Manning found guilty in contraband case but escapes solitary confinement

Chelsea Manning found guilty in contraband case but escapes solitary confinement
By Charlotte Cullen with REUTERS
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Chelsea Manning will be suspended from prison recreational activities for 21 days after being found guilty for possession of contraband.

The former army intelligence analyst was facing indefinite solitary confinement but will instead be barred from going outdoors and using the prison library or gym.

Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year-sentence for leaking secret military documents to WikiLeaks, was found with unapproved reading material and a tube of expired toothpaste at Fort Leavenworth.

The reading material apparently included a copy of Malala Yousafzai’s book ‘I am Malala’ and a copy of Vanity Fair featuring Caitlyn Jenner.

I was found guilty of all 4 charges @ today's board; I am receiving 21 days of restrictions on recreation--no gym, library or outdoors.

— Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) August 18, 2015

Manning, who was born a man but identifies as a woman, was also accused of “disrespect” and “disorderly conduct” at the military prison in Kansas. One of her attorneys Nancy Hollander responded to the decision on Twitter: “Chelsea’s ridiculous convictions today will not silence her. And we will fight even harder in her appeal to overturn all her convictions.”

Now these convictions will follow me thru to any parole/clemency hearing forever. Was expecting to be in min custody in Feb, now years added

— Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) August 18, 2015

A petition to the US Army protesting the infractions gained more than 100,000 signatures. Manning’s supporters accuse the military of harassing the whistleblower.

Manning was working in Baghdad when she provided more than 700,000 documents, videos and other information to WikiLeaks, it was the biggest breach in US history.

With Reuters

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