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UPDATED: Chelsea Manning Attempted Suicide, Remains in Treatment

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Attorneys for the transgender former Army intelligence officer and whistleblower confirmed she would be under observation for several weeks. 

Chelsea Manning attempted to kill herself July 5, her attorneys confirmed Monday.

The transgender former Army intelligence officer was taken to a local hospital near Fort Leavenworth, where she is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking government documents.

"For us, hearing Chelsea's voice after learning that she had attempted to take her life last week was incredibly emotional," her attorneys said in a statement. "She is someone who has fought so hard for so many issues we care about and we are honored to fight for her freedom and medical care."

While the U.S. Army confirmed Manning had been taken to a local medical facility for treatment, there was no word, other than an anonymous source for CNN, regarding the details of her suicide attempt.

Manning was convicted in 2013 of sharing government documents with WikiLeaks detailing U.S. military operations in the Middle East. She recently filed an appeal to reduce her sentence.

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