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Update: Chelsea Manning Freed After Attempting Suicide in Alexandria Jail

(Updated at 6:05 p.m.) After trying to kill herself in the Alexandria jail on Wednesday, Chelsea Manning was released from custody by a federal judge on Thursday.

Her Friday court date to plead for release has also been canceled.

Manning is recovering after the suicide attempt, according to Sheriff Dana Lawhorne.

“There was an incident at approximately 12:11 p.m. [Wednesday] at the Alexandria Detention Center involving inmate Chelsea Manning,” Lawhorne told ALXnow. “It was handled appropriately by our professional staff and Ms. Manning is safe.”

It is not clear how the 32-year-old Manning tried to kill herself or in which hospital she is recovering.

In her last tweet on Feb. 19, the soldier-turned-Wikileaks-whistleblower posted about the motion for her release.

Manning has been in the Alexandria jail for more than a year on civil contempt charges for refusing to testify against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, to whom she disclosed 750,000 classified documents in 2010.

In 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for espionage, and four years later her sentence was commuted by President Obama. She was released in 2017, and the following year unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat, but was jailed again last May for refusing to testify before a grand jury.

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