'Torture, Plain and Simple': Chelsea Manning's Supporters Demand Her Release From Solitary Confinement

Supporters of U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning are demanding she be released from solitary confinement, in which she has been held for 17 days since refusing to answer a grand jury’s questions.

Chelsea Resists!, Manning’s support committee, released a statement over the weekend denouncing her treatment and invoking the United Nations’ own statements about the dangers and injustice of isolation in prisons.

“The United States Government has already tortured Chelsea Manning for months. She attempted suicide twice while incarcerated. Now they’re torturing her again.” —Fight for the Future”We condemn the solitary confinement that Chelsea Manning has been subjected to during her incarceration at William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center,” the group wrote.

“Chelsea can’t be out of her cell while any other prisoners are out, so she cannot talk to other people, or visit the law library, and has no access to books or reading material,” the committee added.

Other supporters on social media joined the call for Manning to be released.

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