Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to answer grand jury

Chelsea Manning attends a rally in support of the J20 defendants

Chelsea Manning attends a rally in support of the J20 defendants

Manning was originally sentenced to 35 years in prison for the unauthorized disclosure of classified materials to WikiLeaks in 2010.

The WikiLeaks investigation has been going on for a long time.

In a statement, Manning said she had "ethical" objections to the grand jury system and had answered all questions about her involvement with WikiLeaks years ago.

US District Judge Claude Hilton ordered Manning to be held not as punishment but to force her testimony in the secret case, according to a spokesman for the US attorney in the Alexandria, Virginia federal court.

Manning initially said that she didn't know why she was being subpoenaed, saying "We can speculate like anyone else".

"Chelsea is a tremendously courageous person, and this outcome was not unexpected but this an appealable order", her lawyer, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, said after the hearing.

Her lawyers had reportedly asked that she be confined at home due to medical issues, but the judge said US Marshals would address her care needs.

Chelsea Manning is not accused of committing any new crime.

Manning announced she had received an order to give evidence in front of a grand jury.

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"If we lived in a just world she'd be considered a national hero", said writer Dante Douglas. "It is her choice", Doherty-McCormick said in court.

Manning was arrested in 2010 and later charged with leaking thousands of classified files. Former President Barack Obama shortened her sentence to about seven years shortly before he left office.

Officials questioned Manning under oath about the leak for several hours as part of the court-martial. "I am generally opposed to the existence of a grand jury".

Before entering the court, Manning, an anti-secrecy activist, told reporters she would be happy to share what she knows to the public.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is shown in 2017 outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been in self imposed exile since 2012. The role of WikiLeaks in the 2016 presidential election has been a matter of investigation in Congress and by the special counsel.

Charges under the Espionage Act, the limits of which have not been fully tested in court, present numerous obstacles in this regard.

Manning has previously acknowledged leaking hundreds of thousands of military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, from battlefield reports to US embassy cables.

Slamming what he described as the "invisible deliberations" of United States grand juries to punish dissenters, he pointed the finger at America's "alleged rules of law" and warned that "there may be no legal justification for the latest action against Chelsea Manning". Her presence before the grand jury this week suggests prosecutors continue to investigate and pursue charges against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

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