Monday 19 August 2019

Manning sent back to prison for contempt after refusing to testify on WikiLeaks before grand jury


Informant Chelsea Manning. Photo: Getty
Informant Chelsea Manning. Photo: Getty

Rachael Alexander

Chelsea Manning is being sent back to jail just seven days after her release - after being found in contempt for refusing to testify about WikiLeaks before a grand jury.

In a court proceeding in Virginia, the whistleblower was remanded by the US Marshals Service and will now return to prison.

She will also be fined $500 (€447) per day after 30 days, and $1,000 (€894) per day after 60 days.

Manning has already served two months at William G Truesdale Adult Detention Centre for a contempt charge regarding the same issue, but was released last Friday after the grand jury term expired.

This time she faces up to 18 months in prison, unless she agrees to cooperate sooner.

Manning has said she would rather stay in jail "forever" than testify to the grand jury, saying the subpoena was "an attempt to place me back in confinement".

The nature of the grand jury's probe remains unknown. It has, however, been convened at the same federal court where prosecutors recently filed charges against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for the unauthorised disclosure of classified materials made public by WikiLeaks in 2010. Her sentence was commuted by US president Barack Obama in 2017.

Assange was indicted in April on a computer hacking charge, and is currently in the UK where he is fighting extradition to the US to face charges.

Irish Independent

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