It’s emerged Chelsea Manning, the US soldier jailed for leaking classified files, tried to kill herself last week.
In a statement her lawyers say she took a decision to end her own life which was unsuccessful; confirming earlier media reports that her hospitalisation at nearby Fort Leavenworth resulted from a suicide attempt.
Manning, who’s 28, is now under close supervision and is expected to remain on that status for several weeks.
The US military says she committed a “gross breach of confidentiality” for revealing her “personal health information” and hospitalisation to the press.
Manning, a former intelligence analyst, is serving a 35-year sentence after a 2013 military court conviction for providing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks. It was the biggest breach of secret materials in US history.