Chelsea Manning sent back to jail for refusing to testify

Chelsea Manning will go back to jail after refusing to testify to grand jury probing Wikileaks

Following her deployment to Iraq in 2009 as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst, Manning leaked more than 725,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks, including military battlefield reports and U.S. State Department cables. She has already served seven years of a 35-year sentence in a military prison, including a year in solitary confinement. However, Manning hoped to avoid re-imprisonment by proving to the grand jury that she could never be compelled to cooperate under any circumstances, because she objects to the existence of grand juries on principle and because she says she already testified about the material in question during her 2013 court-martial.

"I would rather starve to death than change my position in this regard", she told the court.

Former President Barack Obama later reduced Manning's sentence and she was released in May 2017.

Fresh off a 62-day incarceration for defying a grand jury subpoena, Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst and anti-secrecy activist, was remanded again Thursday afternoon after a federal judge held her in contempt of court.

After Thursday's hearing, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, G. Zachary Terwilliger, told reporters that the "only thing being asked of [Manning] is to answer questions truthfully".

"No matter what happens today", Manning said, "I'm not going to comply with this grand jury".

Manning's attorney, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, addressed the media after Manning was returned to jail, expressing her disappointment and reiterating that her client would not betray her convictions by testifying.

China formally arrests 2 Canadians in case linked to Huawei
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canadians thinking of travelling to China should consult with Global Affairs Canada. Meng, 47, is the daughter of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's billionaire founder, Ren Zhengfei.

He ordered a fine of $500 a day if she does not testify within 30 days, raising that to $1,000 a day if she does not testify within 60 days.

Manning was taken immediately to a local jail in Alexandria, Virginia.

Manning's latest confinement will persist until she complies with the subpoena or until the grand jury expires, U.S. Judge Anthony Trenga said in court on Thursday.

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

The new grand jury subpoena appears to be related to the USA prosecution of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who was arrested last month and is now awaiting his extradition hearing in the UK. Her refusal to testify in front of a secret grand jury on the grounds that they are undemocratic means she has now been taken into custody again until she changes her mind.

While the nature of the grand jury's probe remains unknown, it convenes at the same federal court where prosecutors recently filed charges against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Concerns about resources for Manning's medical treatments and mental health at Alexandra were raised, though G. Zach Terwilliger, the USA attorney, said they have "bent over backwards to accommodate her needs".

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Bella Hadid Has a Wow Moment on Cannes Red Carpet!
Earlier this month, she made the heads turn in her OTT look at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Gala 2019. Her accessories were limited to statement earrings , while her hair was left simple in loose curls.

Two die in plane crash at Dubai airport
An investigation team from the GCAA arrived at the scene of the crash and will continue the investigation, the GCAA said. The aircraft was on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the airport, the statement said .

Nine Champions League finalists included in — UEFA Nations League
Southgate named a 27-strong initial squad on Thursday with the first group of players due to report to St. Nathan Redmond was the only surprise inclusion.

Autopilot in use before Tesla hit semi
Neither Brown nor the vehicle braked for a tractor-trailer, which had turned left in front of the Tesla and was crossing its path. Tesla said in a statement that after the driver engaged the system he "immediately removed his hands from the wheel".

Rihanna Slams Alabama Governor for Abortion Ban
These laws, wrote Warren, would "preempt state efforts that functionally limit access to reproductive health care". Doctors who perform abortions after eight weeks would face up to 15 years in prison.

Prince Harry Awarded 'Substantial Damages' Over Home Photos
It lists the mother's name as "Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex ". As for how the couple will be as parents, Daniel didn't hold back there, either.

Washington orders some US government employees to leave Iraq
Saudi security chiefs said armed drones attacked two oil pumping stations in the kingdom but did not disrupt output or exports. Even Gulf Arab states that openly oppose Iran, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, seem cautious this week.

Google warns Titan Security Key has Bluetooth bug that leaves it vulnerable
If you don't do that and own a phone that'll pick-up the June security patch next month, your phone will automatically unpair it. To check whether your device needs to be replaced, look for a letter and number combo on the back of the key near the bottom.

What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamin pills
Dementia is a persistent impairment of mental process marked by memory disorder, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. Dementia results from a variety of diseases and injuries that affect the brain, such as Alzheimer disease or stroke.

American justice system 'largely evil', says Conrad Black after Trump's pardon
Nolan has been a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform since he spent more than two years in federal prison during the 1990s. He eventually spent three-and-a-half years in prison, and was deported from the United States.

Aaron Rodgers latest celeb to make ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo
Rodgers appearance in the GOT episode titled, The Bells , did not last long before he was consumed in a storm of dragon fire. Viewers focusing on the drama and action of Sunday's Game of Thrones episode may have missed a certain MVP cameo.

USA issues security alert ordering non-emergency staff to depart Iraq
The sources were not authorized to discuss the matter and were granted anonymity. There has been a marked increase in U.S.

Uber drivers won't talk to you - if you pay the premium
Uber's Uber Black and Uber Black SUV brands are getting some new features that focus on improving the rider experience. Some drivers may give riders a lower score if they aren't polite or don't talk enough.

Israel's Eurovision webcast hacked with fake attack warning
Show runners are now said to be scrambling to find a new main act for the final of the event as Madonna has reportedly not yet signed a contract.

Could the oil Industry in India See Higher Profits?
One of the issues for Indian oil companies is their requirement to sell below market to subsidize prices in their home country. The US pulled out of the agreement earlier this year as President Trump claimed he was looking for a better deal.

Other news