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Chelsea Manning Is Jailed After Refusing To Testify About WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning Is Jailed After Refusing To Testify About WikiLeaks”

In May 2018, Manning threatened to commit suicide, sharing to social media a suicide note and photo of a rooftop ledge.

U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton issued the order sending Manning to prison, The Associated Press reported.

Manning's communications team released a statement saying the judge said she will be detained until she either cooperates or the grand jury finishes its term.

The move came after Manning refused to answer questions before a secret grand jury trial earlier this week that is investigation actions by WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.

Manning, quoted in AP, told the judge in court that she "will accept whatever you bring upon me".

Manning was convicted in 2013 of violating the Espionage Act and other crimes for leaking more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad. The leaks included millions of diplomatic cables and a video from July 2007 of a USA helicopter in Baghdad firing on a group of civilians that killed two Reuters photographers and wounded two children.

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison, though that was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017.

This is a developing story.

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Manning's lawyers have asked she be confined to her home instead due to the medical complications she faces. During the hearing, the judge would weigh the legality of her refusal to answer questions before the grand jury.

Attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen reportedly said it would be "an act of tremendous cruelty" to send Manning, who is a transgender public figure, back to jail, where she would face dangers to her safety and health, the Washington Post reports.

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

A witness held in contempt can not be confinement for more than 18 months and confinement may not exceed the life of the grand jury itself.

She added that Manning could end her time in jail by testifying.

"We hope she changes her mind now", McCormick said.

"Obviously prison is a bad place", Meltzer-Cohen said. "I couldn't do this anymore - i can take people i dont know hating me but not my own friends - i tried and im sorry about my failure".

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012. Last year, prosecutors inadvertently revealed they've indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under a sealed indictment, but the charges against Assange remain unknown.



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