Prior to serving seven days in solitary, Manning had just fought and won something big. To accomplish this, she used one thing she has of value as leverage: her time at Fort Leavenworth, serving out a 35-year sentence for disclosing military and diplomatic documents. She announced she would go on a hunger strike, demanding the gender-affirming surgery that her psychologist recommended back in April, and the freedom to wear her hair long, as she has sought since 2014.
But at the same time as the September hunger strike, Manning was also fighting new administrative charges from the military prison, related to the day in July when she attempted suicide. One of the charges came with the possibility of indefinite solitary confinement.
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