Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify in WikiLeaks case

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify on Wikileaks

Manning jailed for refusing to testify on Wikileaks

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who served years in prison for leaking one of the largest troves of classified documents in US history, was sent to jail Friday for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Wikileaks.

Judge Claude Hilton of the U.S. District Court in eastern Virginia ordered Manning to jail Friday "after a brief hearing in which Manning confirmed she has no intention of testifying", the Associated Press reports.

Afterwards Manning denounced grand juries as "terrible", noting the rules prohibit her lawyers from accompanying her during her testimony and other rules she said bend the process to suit prosecutors' whims.

"All of the substantive questions pertained to my disclosures of information to the public in 2010 - answers I provided in extensive testimony, during my court-martial in 2013", Manning said.

Then-president Barack Obama later commuted her sentence, leading to her release in May 2017.

The judge ordered Manning to remain behind bars until she testifies or until the grand jury concludes its work. "I will exhaust every legal remedy available".

But she was jailed in the Alexandria Detention Center which, according to the judge, is experienced in holding transgender inmates and capable of addressing any special personal and medical needs Manning may have.

Manning, who obviously has no faith left in the American government, fought the subpoena, trying to have it quashed. "She has stood by the truth of her prior statements, and there is no legitimate objective to having her rehash them before a hostile grand jury".

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was allegedly charged a year ago, though what he was charged with is unknown since it's under seal, according to the Chicago Tribune.

On Friday, that got her put in prison until she either capitulates to the government's demands or the grand jury ends. Manning was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning Wednesday about her 2010 release to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the USA wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Manning is now returning to jail almost two years after being freed from a military prison in Kansas, where she had been serving a 35-year prison term. Asked if Manning was prepared stay imprisoned for 18 months, Meltzer-Cohen said "we are not there yet". Chelsea has stood by the testimony from her 2013 court-martial, and this subpoena serves no legitimate goal.

Assange has been living in Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid arrest.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been a longtime target of a criminal investigation in the United States, had promised to accept extradition if Manning was freed.

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