ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Former Military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been despatched to jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks.
U.S. District Choose Claude Hilton ordered Manning to jail for contempt of court docket on Friday after a short listening to during which Manning confirmed she has no intention of testifying. She instructed the choose she “will settle for no matter you convey upon me.”
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Manning has stated she objects to the secrecy of the grand jury course of, and that she already revealed the whole lot she is aware of at her court docket martial.
The choose stated she is going to stay jailed till she testifies or till the grand jury concludes its work.
Manning’s attorneys had requested that she be despatched to house confinement as a substitute of the jail, due to medical problems she faces.
The choose stated U.S. marshals can deal with her medical care. Prosecutor Tracy McCormick stated the jail and the marshals have assured the federal government that her medical wants may be met.
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Manning anticipated being jailed. In a press release earlier than Friday’s listening to, she stated she invoked her First, Fourth and Sixth modification protections when she appeared earlier than the grand jury in Alexandria on Wednesday. She stated she already answered each substantive query throughout her 2013 court-martial, and is ready to face the results of refusing to reply once more.
“In solidarity with many activists going through the percentages, I’ll stand by my rules. I’ll exhaust each authorized treatment accessible,” she stated.
Manning served seven years of a 35-year navy sentence for leaking a trove of navy and diplomatic paperwork to the anti-secrecy web site earlier than then-President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.
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McCormick stated Manning can simply finish this incarceration on the civil cost just by following the legislation and testifying.
“We hope she modifies her thoughts now,” McCormick stated.
Manning’s lawyer, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, stated she believes jailing Manning is an act of cruelty given her medical points, and stated Manning’s one-bedroom condo can be a adequate method of confinement.
Outdoors the courthouse, about 10 protesters rallied in her assist.
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“Clearly jail is a horrible place,” Meltzer-Cohen stated. “I don’t see the aim to incarcerate folks.”
The Wikileaks investigation has been ongoing for a very long time. Final yr, prosecutors in Alexandria inadvertently disclosed that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is going through unspecified, sealed legal expenses within the district.
Wikileaks additionally has emerged as an essential a part of Particular Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into attainable Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election, as investigators give attention to whether or not President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign knew Russian hackers have been going to supply emails to Wikileaks stolen from Democratic organizations, together with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s marketing campaign.
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