Chelsea Manning back in jail for refusal to talk on WikiLeaks

Lester Mason
May 18, 2019

Although Manning has been given no idea what the grand jury investigation is about, her legal team believe it's in relation to her former interactions with Assange in 2010.

United States Marshals took Manning back into custody at the U.S. District Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, Thursday afternoon after she refused to cooperate, yet again, with a subpoena to testify before another secret federal grand jury.

At a short press conference prior to a Thursday hearing, Manning said she was prepared to return to jail "indefinitely" rather than testify. Last week, officials released Manning from the Alexandria Detention Center after the grand jury term expired.

Federal Judge Anthony Trenga rejected two motions submitted by Manning's lawyers to quash the subpoena and disclose any evidence of unlawful electronic surveillance by the government.

Once in court she told the judge she would "rather starve to death than to change my opinions in this regard", the Washington Post reported.

Earlier in May, Manning was freed after spending 62 days in a Virginia jail after being found in contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

"Attempting to coerce me with a grand jury subpoena is not going to work". He said that "the longer Ms. Manning spends in jail, the more she realizes it's in her interest to testify".

"I think that this ultimately the goal here is to relitigate the court martial from my perspective".

In an additional unprecedented move to put increasing pressure on Manning, the district judge coercively ruled that after 30 days the whistleblower will be fined $500 for every day behind bars.

Manning refused to testify before the grand jury in March, even under an offer of immunity from federal prosecutors.

The whistleblower, who leaked 750,000 classified military files to WikiLeaks, had vowed in interviews and a Twitch live stream through the past week that she would not testify to the grand jury and protested the secrecy of proceedings. She was released in May 2017. "It is telling that the United States has always been more concerned with the disclosure of those documents than with the damning substance of the disclosures".

"The case doesn't make sense, it's very bananas", she said.

"The only thing that is being asked of her is to come answer questions truthfully", he said. She was convicted at a court-martial in 2013 of crimes related to her disclosures and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Swedish prosecutors have reopened an inquiry into rape allegations against him and are seeking to extradite Assange to Sweden. "As someone who received the incredible gift of a commutation, who is literally given 28 years of her life back, she now refuses to simply answer questions as part of our constitutional criminal justice process".

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