Chelsea Manning Could Face Solitary for Possessing Caitlyn Jenner Issue of Vanity Fair (Updated)
UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, Chelsea Manning tweeted scanned images of the first four official charging documents, adding that more were “coming soon.”
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Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army soldier serving a 35-year military prison sentence for leaking official secrets, has been threatened with solitary confinement for having an expired tube of toothpaste in her cell, as well as a copy of the Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair issue, her lawyers and supporters say.
The Guardian reports:
Manning, a Guardian columnist who writes about global affairs, intelligence issues and transgender rights from prison in the brig of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has allegedly been charged with four violations of custody rules that her lawyers have denounced as absurd and a form of harassment. The army private is reportedly accused of having showed “disrespect”; of having displayed “disorderly conduct” by sweeping food onto the floor during dinner chow; of having kept “prohibited property” – that is books and magazines – in her cell; and of having committing “medicine misuse”, referring to the tube of toothpaste, according to Manning’s supporters. …
The fourth charge, “medicine misuse”, follows an inspection of Manning’s cell on 9 July during which a tube of anti-cavity toothpaste was found. The prison authorities noted that Manning was entitled to have the toothpaste in her cell, but is penalizing her because it was “past its expiration date of 9 April 2015”.
The “prohibited property” charge relates to a number of books and magazines that were found in her cell and confiscated. They included the memoir I Am Malala by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, a novel featuring trans women called A Safe Girl to Love, the LGBT publication Out Magazine, the Caitlyn Jenner issue of Vanity Fair and a copy of Cosmopolitan that included an interview with Manning.
Also confiscated was the US Senate report on torture. It is not clear why any of these publications were considered violations of prison rules – a request by the Guardian to the army public affairs team for an explanation of the charges received no immediate response.
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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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