Chelsea Manning Sent To Jail

Leroy Wright
March 10, 2019

Asked if she is concerned about the conditions Chelsea will face in jail, Meltzer-Cohen said that the government has made assurances that her health needs will be taken care of, but that "we all need to be vigilant that those assurances are made good on".

Manning was arrested in Iraq in 2010 for disclosing more than 700,000 confidential documents, videos and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website. Manning later released a statement saying she "appeared before a secret grand jury after being given immunity for my testimony". Her bulk disclosure vaulted the group and Assange to global fame years before WikiLeaks gained a different type of notoriety for publishing stolen Democratic emails that Russian hackers had stolen during the 2016 presidential campaign.

On Friday, that got her put in prison until she either capitulates to the government's demands or the grand jury ends. "The court may find me in contempt, and order me to jail". "I will exhaust every legal remedy available". We stand with Chelsea in support of her refusal to participate in this repressive and undemocratic process.

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.

She returned to court Friday for a hearing and Judge Claude Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Virginia weighed the legal arguments Manning used to justify her decision to defy the grand jury subpoena. Then-President Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence in 2017.

WikiLeaks and Assange, who is holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London, have factored into the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into potential collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign.

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Manning, 31, was ordered to testify earlier this week for an investigation examining actions by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2010, according to her own description, inadvertent court revelations and media reports.

Government prosecutor Tracy McCormick said Friday that they didn't want this, but that the situation could be resolved quickly.

In a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday, Manning said she expected to be detained for her refusal to answer questions.

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

After journalists discovered the document, prosecutors declined to either confirm or deny a sealed indictment had been issued by the Alexandria-based grand jury, which has been hearing evidence on Assange and Wikileaks for years.

Former American soldier and whistleblower Chelsea Manning at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts on October 1, 2018.

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