Transgender soldier Chelsea Manning starts hunger strike to protest over treatment in prison

Transgender soldier Chelsea Manning starts hunger strike to protest over treatment in prison

A transgender soldier imprisoned in the US for leaking classified information to the WikiLeaks website says she is on a hunger strike until her treatment improves.

Chelsea Manning said she began the hunger strike because her pleas for better treatment at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, had been ignored.

She says she will not voluntarily consume anything except water and prescription medication.

In the statement supplied by her American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, Ms Manning said the hunger strike will continue until she receives the "minimum standards of dignity, respect and humanity" and she is prepared for the possibility of dying.

Ms Manning, who was arrested as Bradley Manning, was convicted in 2013 in military court of leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents.

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