Chelsea Manning no longer held in segregated status at jail

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Supporters of former Army intelligence Chelsea Manning say she is no longer being kept in administrative segregation at a Virginia jail while she serves an indefinite sentence for refusing to testify to a grand jury.

Manning’s supporters posted on her Twitter account Thursday that the Alexandria jail has adjusted her status after 28 days, placing her with the general population. Her supporters complained administrative segregation amounted to solitary confinement and was unnecessarily cruel.

Jail officials refused to confirm Manning’s status but say administrative segregation is used for safety reasons and those inmates still have access to social visits, recreation and break time.

Manning served several years in prison for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. She was jailed for civil contempt last month after refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks.