The transgender, former intelligence analyst who pleaded guilty to espionage two years ago, could be facing indefinite solitary confinement at the prison in the brig of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Chelsea Manning–formerly Bradley Manning – is facing a hearing Tuesday for prison infractions which her lawyers call ‘utterly ridiculous.’
“Chelsea is at risk of losing various support networks simply because she had an expired tube of toothpaste, the Vanity Fair magazine that featured Caitlyn Jenner and requested a lawyer when she felt she was being accused of misconduct,” an ACLU attorney told BuzzFeed News.
Nancy Hollander, one of Manning’s attorneys, told USA Today of the prison charges: “Frankly it looks to me like harassment.”
Hollander told the Associated Press that the prison charges include “possession of prohibited property in the form of books and magazines while under administrative segregation; medicine misuse due to expired toothpaste; disorderly conduct for sweeping food onto the floor; and disrespect.”
The books that Manning had in her cell included the memoir, “I Am Malala,” by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. Also found in her cell aside from the Vanity Fair Jenner issue: a novel featuring trans-women called “A Safe Girl to Love,” the LGBT publication Out Magazine, and a copy of Cosmopolitan that included an interview with Manning.
“It is not uncommon in prisons to have charges that to the rest of us seem to be absurd,” Hollander said. “Prisons are very controlled environments and they try to keep them very controlled and sometimes in that control they really go too far and I think that this is going too far.”
Manning was convicted of violating the Espionage Act after releasing to Wikileaks about 700,000 “classified or sensitive military and diplomatic documents.” After her sentencing in 2013, Manning’s lawyers issued a press release to announce the soldier’s gender change.