Chelsea Manning alarmed her friends Sunday night with a pair of since-deleted tweets in which she contemplated suicide.
The U.S. Senate candidate, a former soldier, and whistleblower, who is hoping to unseat a Maryland Democrat shared a jarring photo of what appeared to be her poised to jump from the ledge of an unidentified high-rise building.
The figure in the photo was wearing pink pajamas and had painted toenails. It’s unclear where the photo was taken.
“I’m sorry – I tried – I’m sorry I let you all down,” Manning wrote. “Im 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 don’t know hating me but not my own friends,” she added. “I tried and I’m sorry about my failure.”
After a half hour, the tweets vanished and were replaced with a brief message announcing that Manning was out of harm’s way. “Chelsea is safe. She is on the phone with friends. Thanks everyone for your concern and please give her some space,” the message read.