US military whistleblower Chelsea Manning was hospitalized Tuesday after what is believed to be a suicide attempt, according to sources cited by CNN.
Manning, 28, is serving a 35-year sentence for her role in leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks.
The reports remain unconfirmed, but US Army spokeslman Col. Patrick Seiber told CNN that Manning had been taken to a hospital early Tuesday. He said she has already been returned to the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Manning’s legal team lambasted Fort Leavenworth Wednesday afternoon for its “complete lack of official communication about Chelsea’s current situation.”
Her attorneys said neither they nor Manning’s closest friends were notified of a medical emergency.
“We’re shocked and outraged that an official at Leavenworth contacted the press with private confidential medical information about Chelsea Manning yet no one at the Army has given a shred of information to her legal team,” Nancy Hollander, one of Manning’s attorneys, said in a statement.
“Despite the fact that they have reached out to the media, and that any other prison will connect an emergency call, the Army has told her lawyers that the earliest time they will accommodate a call between her lawyers and Chelsea is Friday morning.”
Hollander said had been scheduled to receive a phone call from Manning on Tuesday, but the call never came through. Fort Leavenworth officials reportedly told Hollander she must have missed the call.
“The Army gave the excuse – which I now believe to be an outright lie – that the call could not be connected although my team was waiting by the phone,” Hollander’s statement read.
Prison officials said Manning is still being “monitored” despite her release from the hospital, TMZ reported. One source told TMZ that Manning had attempted to hang herself.
Fort Leavenworth’s spokeswoman told Business Insider she could not comment on individual inmates’ medical treatment.