Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is now on a hunger strike as she
serves a 35-year sentence in relation to leaking thousands of
military cables related to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. "I
need help," she says to stop bullying she has faced in prison.
was reportedly confirmed through Manning's lawyer, Chase
Stragio of the American Civil Liberties Union.
have asked for help time and time again for six years and through
five separate confinement locations. My request has only been
ignored, delayed, mocked, given trinkets and lip service by the
prison, the military, and this administration,” Manning
an emailed statement to RT from Manning's publicist, Manning,
formerly Bradley Manning, is said to be
written assurances from the Army she will receive all of the
medically prescribed recommendations for her gender dysphoria” and
tech bullying” to
tech bullying” Manning
refers to includes “the
constant, deliberate and overzealous administrative scrutiny by
prison and military officials.”
statement through the Chelsea Manning Support Network is
need help. I am not getting any. I have asked for help time and time
again for six years and through five separate confinement locations.
My request has only been ignored, delayed, mocked, given trinkets and
lip service by the prison, the military, and this administration.
need help. I needed help earlier this year. I was driven to suicide
by the lack of care for my gender dysphoria that I have been
desperate for. I didn’t get any. I still haven’t gotten any.
needed help. Yet, instead I am now being punished for surviving my
attempt. When I was a child, my father would beat me repeatedly for
simply not being masculine enough. I was told to stop crying—to
“suck it up.” But, I couldn’t stop crying. The pain just got
worse and worse. Until finally, I just couldn’t take the pain
needed help, but no one came then. No one is coming now.
I have decided that I am no longer going to be bullied by this
prison—or by anyone within the U.S. government. I have asked for
nothing but the dignity and respect—that I once actually believed
would be provided for—afforded to any living human being.
do not believe that this should be dependent on any arbitrary
factors—whether you are cisgender or transgender; service member or
civilian, citizen or non-citizen. In response to virtually every
request, I have been granted limited, if any, dignity and
respect—just more pain and anguish.
am no longer asking. Now, I am demanding. As of 12:01 am Central
Daylight Time on September 9, 2016, and until I am given minimum
standards of dignity, respect, and humanity, I shall—refuse to
voluntarily cut or shorten my hair in any way; consume any food or
drink voluntarily, except for water and currently prescribed
medications; and comply with all rules, regulations, laws, and orders
that are not related to the two things I have mentioned.
is a peaceful act. I intend to keep it as peaceful and non-violent,
on my end, as possible. Any physical harm that should come to me at
the hands of military or civilian staff will be unnecessary and
vendictive. I will not physically resist or in any way harm another
person. I have also submitted a “do not resuscitate” letter that
is effective immediately. This shall include any attempts to forcibly
cut or shorten my hair or to forcibly feed me by any medical or
I am shown dignity and respect as a human again, I shall endure this
pain before me. I am prepared for this mentally and emotionally. I
expect that this ordeal will last for a long time. Quite possibly
until my permanent incapacitation or death. I am ready for this.