The latest chapter in Chelsea Manning’s story follows a decision the whistleblower and current inmate is making on her own. Currently serving 35 years in prison after being convicted for six counts of espionage, Manning announced her identity as a woman soon after being sentenced and has sought assistance with gender dysphoria from that point on. Her difficulty in attaining this help from prison officials and U.S. government reportedly led to a recent suicide attempt and has now led to Manning protesting her treatment via a hunger strike.
In a statement released via Fight For The Future, Manning details her situation to this point and highlights how she feels she has been mistreated while incarcerated:
“I need help. I am not getting any. I have asked for help time and time again for six years and through five separate confinement locations. My request has only been ignored, delayed, mocked, given trinkets and lip service by the prison, the military, and this administration.”
“I need help. I needed help earlier this year. I was driven to suicide by the lack of care for my gender dysphoria that I have been desperate for. I didn’t get any. I still haven’t gotten any.”