Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify on Wikileaks

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify on Wikileaks

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify on Wikileaks

Hilton said, "I've found you in contempt", adding that this will remain the case "until you purge yourself" or the "life of the grand jury [ends]".

"Yesterday, I appeared before a secret grand jury after being given immunity for my testimony", Manning said in a statement Thursday.

During her court-martial, Manning said she acted alone.

Manning, who is transgender and was formerly Bradley Manning, rose to national prominence after getting convicted in 2013 for giving classified government and military documents to WikiLeaks.

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

Manning was arrested in 2010 and later charged with leaking thousands of classified files.

"I will not participate in a secret process that I morally object to", said Manning, "particularly one that has been historically used to entrap and persecute activists for protected political speech". "I will exhaust every legal remedy available", she said. After Manning refused to testify, Judge Hilton remanded the former intelligence analyst to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Manning avoided questions about her role in leaking military intelligence records to WikiLeaks before the same grand jury earlier this week.

According to Law & Crime, the case that Manning's testimony was requested for is being handled by the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, the very same US attorney's office that previously accidentally pasted language referring to possible criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange into legal documents about a separate case.

Manning's attorney, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, said it would be "an act of tremendous cruelty" to her to jail, but did thank prosecutors who "bent over backwards to accommodate" medical needs linked to Manning's gender reassignment.

While grand juries are conducted in secret, it is not illegal for witnesses who have been called before them to discuss the proceedings.

A witness held in contempt can not be confinement for more than 18 months and confinement may not exceed the life of the grand jury itself.

"Obviously prison is a awful place", Meltzer-Cohen said. During the hearing, the judge would weigh the legality of her refusal to answer questions before the grand jury. It is believed that as soon as Assange sets foot outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the United Kingdom will extradite him to the USA, where he could potentially be charged under the Espionage Act like Manning was.

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