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Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick in an undated photo provided by the U.S. Army.
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Chelsea Manning, the U.S. army private convicted in 2013 for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, attempted to commit suicide last month while spending time in solitary confinement as a punishment for a previous suicide attempt.

In a statement dictated to a member of her support network and confirmed by her lawyer, Manning said she tried to commit suicide on Oct. 4, the New York Times reports. At the time, Manning was serving a week of solitary confinement, imposed after she attempted suicide in July.

After the second attempt last month, she was placed under medical observation and has since been released back into the general inmate population, the Times reports.

In her statement, Manning detailed events in which four people impersonated prison guards and tried to get her to escape from solitary confinement. An Army spokesman told the Times those events had never taken place.

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