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Chelsea Manning Found Guilty Of Violating Prison Rules

Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo in 2010.
Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo in 2010.

Chelsea Manning, the Army private convicted in the biggest leak of classified information in American history, has been found guilty of violating the rules at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas.

According to The Associated Press, Manning had been accused of holding prohibited books and magazines, misuse of medicine and attempted disrespect. Specifically, she was cited as having a copy of Vanity Fair with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover and, on the medicine charge, for keeping an expired tube of toothpaste.

The AP reports:

"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."

On Twitter, Manning worried that the convictions would follow her through any clemency or parole hearings.

"Was expecting to be in [minimum] custody in Feb," she tweeted. "Now years added."

Manning's lawyer, ACLU attorney Chase Strangio, said in a statement that Manning had avoided solitary confinement because of public support. (Petitions signed by 100,000 people asking for Manning not to be kept in solitary were delivered to the Army earlier.)

"No one should have to face the lingering threat of solitary confinement for reading and writing about the conditions we encounter in the world," Strangio said. "Chelsea's voice is critical to our public discourse about government accountability and trans Justice and we can only preserve it if we stay vigilant in our advocacy on her behalf."

Manning, who was previously known as Bradley Manning, is serving a 35-year-sentence.

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Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.