Chelsea Manning was notified of potential disciplinary actions for a July suicide attempt, and the prison followed through Thursday when a three-member disciplinary board found her guilty of “conduct which threatens” and possessing “prohibited property”—for trying to kill herself and reading an unmarked copy of a book about the hacking collective Anonymous.
The appeal comes more than two years after Manning was convicted under the Espionage Act—a World War I-era law intended to prosecute spies—but was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. Manning, a private first class in the U.S. Army, was subsequently sentenced to 35 years in prison and dishonorably discharged at a military trial at Fort Meade, Maryland—the home base of the National Security Agency.
“He who controls the present controls the past, and he who controls the past controls the future."
"Just the threat of getting charged is enough to chill that journalistic practice. It sends a real scary message to those people who do this for a living.”
“This verdict is act of aggression against a free press, civic society, and the conscience of a young man.”
"It's the largest leak trial in U.S. history. It has ramifications, wide ramifications."
"Hastings will be remembered for his fearless, award-winning journalism and relentless pursuit of the truth."