Transgender soldier Chelsea Manning stopped eating to protest what she says is the lack of treatment she's receiving behind bars for her gender dysphoria, according to NBC News.
"I need help. I am not getting any. I have asked for help time and time again for six years and through five separate confinement locations," Manning said in a statement.
Manning is serving a 35-year sentence. She was convicted in 2013 on espionage charges for sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. She is being held in the all-male U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
"My request has only been ignored, delayed, mocked, given trinkets and lip service by the prison, the military, and this administration," she wrote.
Manning started the hunger strike at 12:01 a.m. CT Saturday.
NBC News reached out to the military for comment about Manning's claims. A U.S. Army official responded and said they have no immediate comment.