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Chelsea Manning Says She Faces Contempt Hearing, Jail Time

08 March 2019

Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army analyst who served seven years in prison for leaking a trove of classified information, was found in contempt of court and taken into custody Friday after refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks.

Manning has said she objects to the secrecy of the grand jury process, and that she already revealed everything she knows at her court martial.

Former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been jailed for refusing to testify before an investigation into Wikileaks.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer wrote a statement urging the judge to keep the matter sealed, and said, according to The Washington Post, "Due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged". On her way to the Friday hearing, Manning said she was prepared to go back to jail.

According to Law & Crime, the case that Manning's testimony was requested for is being handled by the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, the very same US attorney's office that previously accidentally pasted language referring to possible criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange into legal documents about a separate case.

"Chelsea Manning has been remanded into federal custody for her refusal to provide testimony" to a grand jury, said a statement from The Sparrow Project, a support group for Manning.

"Donald Trump and his administration have publicly declared their disdain for Chelsea, and for President Obama's decision to commute her sentence".

"The grand jury's questions pertained to disclosures from nine years ago, and took place six years after an in-depth computer forensics case, in which I testified for nearly a full day about these events". At trial, she cited her growing concerns over the USA military's collaboration with torturers and the "seemingly delightful bloodlust" of United States aerial weapons teams as primary motivation for the leak.

"In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles", Manning said.

Manning said the questions she was asked on Wednesday 'pertained to my disclosures of information to the public in 2010'.

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012.

Speaking outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria on Friday, Manning's lawyer, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, told reporters that the Marshals Service has a responsibility to make sure Manning remains healthy.

Chelsea Manning Says She Faces Contempt Hearing, Jail Time