Transgender national security leaker Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) faces possible solitary confinement at Fort Leavenworth prison for possessing an expired tube of toothpaste and copies of magazines that include a Vanity Fair with Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) on the cover.
A three-person closed panel hearing on the matter is set for August 18. Manning has asked that it be public.
“This is like prison disciplinary infractions in a civilian prison and there will be a hearing, but frankly it looks to me like harassment,” said Manning’s lawyer, Nancy Hollander.
The full list of charges 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. The maximum penalty Manning could face is indefinite solitary confinement.
The former intelligence analyst was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other offenses for leaking over 700 documents including war logs, diplomatic cables and battlefield footage to Wikileaks in 2010 while working in Iraq. She is serving a 35-year sentence at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth.