A friend of Chelsea Manning has declared that she is safe after she wrote tweets in which she appeared to be contemplating suicide.
Manning, who was incarcerated for seven years when she leaked classified data to WikiLeaks, wrote that she was “not really cut out for this world” at 4am on Monday on Twitter.
“I’m sorry I let you all down – I’m not really cut out for this world – I tried adapting to this world out here but I failed you – I couldn’t do this anymore – I can take people I know hating me but not my own friends – I tried and I’m sorry about my failure,” she wrote in a tweet.
Shortly following the announcement, she posted a picture of herself staring down from the edge of a tall building, posted with the words “I’m sorry.”
After raising concerns about her welfare, a friend posted several hours later that Manning is “safe” and needs “some space.”
“Chelsea is safe. she is on the phone with friends, thanks everyone for your concern and please give her some space [sic],” the tweet from her account said.
Manning is said to have attempted suicide several times in her life.
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Manning filed papers declaring that she would be running in January.
Obama had Manning’s service commuted as one of his last acts in office.
President Donald Trump criticised the decision and called Manning an “ungrateful traitor.”
“Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!”