Chelsea Manning could be placed in solitary confinement indefinitely for having banned items in her cell including a copy of the Vanity Fair issue featuring Caitlyn Jenner on the cover, according to her lawyer.
The transgender US soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning was convicted of espionage in August 2013 and is serving 35 years for passing more than 700,000 classified documents to Wikileaks.
Manning, 27, who worked as an army intelligence analyst in Iraq, is serving her sentence at the maximum security Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas.
The prison has charged her with “possession of prohibited property” which also included a copy of I am Malala, the memoir by teenage activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.
Manning also had books about transgender issues and the hacking group Anonymous, and a copy of Cosmopolitan magazine.
She is also charged with “misusing medicine” after an out-of-date tube of toothpaste was found in her cell.
The former army private was also charged with disorderly conduct for sweeping food onto the floor, and disrespect to a prison guard.
She will appear before a three-person prison panel on Tuesday to hear her punishment for the rules infractions.
Indefinite solitary confinement is the maximum penalty Manning could face.
Note about the toothpaste:
Her cell was subsequently searched which led to the discovery of books and magazines, and the toothpaste which had expired on April 9.
Yes: out of date toothpaste could lead (in part) to solitary confinement for 30 years.
It’s one of the seriously weird things about the american society. Vast punishments for the tiniest infractions. Kid chews a pop tart into hte shape of a gun and gets suspended from school etc.
Essentially, it’s Cartman and you will respect my authority. Those who do have authority really do insist on it being respected.
Just a weird, weird. place at times.
As if being banged up for 35 years isn’t a punishment in the first place. Their attitude toward Death Row is equally odd. Over here, when we still had the death penalty, conditions were eased given that you were about the be strangled. Over there it’s solitary confinement and very, very, strict rules for a decade or more before they kill you.