Military prison authorities are allegedly denying whistleblower Chelsea Manning access to the facility’s legal library, just two days before a disciplinary board hearing that will decide whether she is placed in solitary confinement for what her supporters and lawyers say are innocuous offenses—like possession of a tube of expired toothpaste.
As Common Dreams reported, the Chelsea Manning Support Network revealed last week that prison authorities are using trumped up charges—including “medicine misuse” and “prohibited property”—to silence Manning, who has become a Guardian columnist and outspoken advocate for transgender, privacy, and prisoners’ rights during her incarceration.
The disciplinary board hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, will take place behind closed doors, despite Manning’s request that the proceedings be made public.
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