Chelsea Man­ning found guilty of vi­o­lat­ing prison rules

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Con­victed na­tional se­cu­rity leaker Chelsea Man­ning was found guilty Tues­day of vi­o­lat­ing prison rules and will re­ceive three weeks of recre­ational re­stric­tions at the Kansas mil­i­tary prison where she’s serv­ing her 35-year sen­tence, her at­tor­ney said.

The trans­gen­der Army pri­vate was ac­cused of hav­ing a copy of Van­ity Fair with Cait­lyn Jen­ner on the cover and an ex­pired tube of tooth­paste, among other things. Her at­tor­ney, Chase Stran­gio of the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union, said in a news re­lease that Man­ning was con­victed of all charges af­ter a closed four-hour dis­ci­plinary board hear­ing in which she had no coun­sel.

Man­ning re­ceived 21 days of recre­ational re­stric­tions lim­it­ing ac­cess to the gym, li­brary and out­doors. The max­i­mum pun­ish­ment she could have faced was in­def­i­nite soli­tary con­fine­ment.

The U.S. Army has de­clined to re­lease any in­for­ma­tion on the re­sults of the hear­ing, cit­ing the Pri­vacy Act of 1976. The mil­i­tary said in a state­ment last week that it is com­mit­ted to “a fair and eq­ui­table process,” and called such pro­ceed­ings “a com­mon prac­tice in cor­rec­tional sys­tems to hold pris­on­ers ac­count­able to fa­cil­ity rules.”

The prison in­frac­tions in­clude pos­ses­sion of pro­hib­ited prop­erty in the form of books and mag­a­zines while un­der ad­min­is­tra­tive seg­re­ga­tion; medicine mis­use over the tooth­paste; dis­or­derly con­duct for sweep­ing food onto the floor; and dis­re­spect. All re­late to al­leged mis­con­duct on July 2 and 9.

“When I spoke to Chelsea ear­lier to­day she wanted to con­vey the mes­sage to sup­port­ers that she is so thank­ful for the thou­sands of peo­ple from around the world who let the gov­ern­ment know that we are watch­ing and scru­ti­niz­ing what hap­pens to her be­hind prison walls,” Stran­gio said.

Stran­gio cred­ited public sup­port for keep­ing Man­ning out of soli­tary con­fine­ment. Pe­ti­tions signed by 100,000 peo­ple were de­liv­ered Tues­day to the U.S. Army by dig­i­tal rights group Fight for the Fu­ture and oth­ers.

In ad­di­tion to the recre­ational re­stric­tions, the con­vic­tions that are now on her record could be cited in fu­ture hear­ings con­cern­ing pa­role or clemency, which could de­lay her tran­si­tion to a less re­stric­tive cus­tody sta­tus, Stran­gio said.

The in­tel­li­gence an­a­lyst, for­merly known as Bradley Man­ning, was con­victed in 2013 of es­pi­onage and other of­fenses for send­ing more than 700,000 clas­si­fied doc­u­ments to Wik­iLeaks while work­ing in Iraq. She is jailed at Fort Leav­en­worth for leak­ing reams of war logs, diplo­matic ca­bles and bat­tle­field video to the anti-se­crecy web­site in 2010.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Taiwan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.