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Chelsea Manning Sent to Jail for Refusing to Testify in WikiLeaks Case
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50316"><span class="small">Pete Williams and Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News</span></a>   
Friday, 08 March 2019 10:32

Excerpt: "Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning was jailed on Friday after refusing to answer questions from a federal grand jury in Virginia looking into the release of documents to WikiLeaks."

Chelsea Manning leaves the Albert V. Bryan U.S. District Courthouse on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia. (photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)
Chelsea Manning leaves the Albert V. Bryan U.S. District Courthouse on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia. (photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)


Chelsea Manning Sent to Jail for Refusing to Testify in WikiLeaks Case

By Pete Williams and Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News

08 March 19


Manning will be in custody until she testifies or until the grand jury ends its work.

rmy whistleblower Chelsea Manning was jailed on Friday after refusing to answer questions from a federal grand jury in Virginia looking into the release of documents to WikiLeaks.

U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton told Manning that she would remain in federal custody “until she purges or the end of the life of the grand jury” a statement from her representatives said.

Earlier in the day, Manning told reporters that she was prepared to go to jail following the closed contempt hearing for her resistance to provide testimony because she doesn't believe in the grand jury process.

On Wednesday, Manning appeared before the same grand jury, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, but refused to answer any questions.

"I responded to each question with the following statement: ‘I object to the question and refuse to answer on the grounds that the question is in violation of my First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment, and other statutory rights," Manning said in a statement.

"All of the substantive questions pertained to my disclosures of information to the public in 2010 — answers I provided in extensive testimony, during my court-martial in 2013," the statement said.

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking a trove of military intelligence records to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. Her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 after seven years behind bars.

A day earlier, a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia denied a motion filed by Manning's attorneys challenging a subpoena calling her to testify, according to her lawyers.

Manning told The Associated Press Tuesday that she didn't know what case she was being called to testify about.

"I just know there were an awful lot of government lawyers there," she said after the hearing in which her motion was denied.

"Grand juries are terrible, to say the least," Manning, 31, added.

Manning's support committee, Chelsea Resists!, called the grand jury system "dangerous and undemocratic."

"Grand juries operate in secret, allowing the government to retaliate against activists and dissidents behind closed doors," said a statement from the committee released by Manning's lawyers.

“Donald Trump and his administration have publicly declared their disdain for Chelsea, and for President Obama’s decision to commute her sentence," the Chelsea Resists! statement said. "Chelsea has stood by the testimony from her 2013 court-martial, and this subpoena serves no legitimate purpose. It is a punitive effort to reverse Obama’s legacy, exposing Chelsea to legal hardship and possible imprisonment."

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+18 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-08 11:39
So now a judge can sentence someone to jail for asserting her constitutional rights. This is truly disgusting.

Where is the ACLU?

This also shows that federal prosecutors really to intend to arrest, indict, and imprison Assange. They want Manning to testify against him. Anything she says will be construed as testimony against Assange.

Manning is right. The Grand Jury system is antiquated and tyrannical. It should be abolished. The conspiracy of federal prosecutors, grand juries, and federal judges all acting in total secret and with absolute power is exactly what fascism looks like. Grand juries are a relic of medieval and monarchical England that persists in only two nations on earth. It is the essence of fascism and tyranny.

Here is a video of Chelsea as she exited the court last Tuesday. She's talking to Luke Rudkowski.

https://youtu.be/DZ_lOXIoFKI
 
 
+9 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-03-08 15:12
Chelsea Manning is doing the right thing. Thank you to her. She should take this to a higher court (9th Circuit).
 
 
+8 # tedrey 2019-03-08 16:06
I'm always taken aback all over again when reminded that one of the most important government legal procedures in modern day America has no more transparency or accountability than the dreaded Star Chamber of Henry the VIIIth.
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-09 06:26
Grand juries are now Star Chambers. My father was once selected to be the foreman of a Grand Jury. At first he felt honored, but the experience turned him against Grand Juries. Prosecutors manipulated the jury by lying to them and showing them only biased evidence. The Jury was pretty much forced or coerced into doing everything the prosecutor wanted. It was nothing more than a way of sanitizing the corrupt ambitions of a prosecutor.

When it was over, he talked to the media. He was threatened by the prosecutor but nothing came of it.
 
 
+7 # Anne Frank 2019-03-08 17:09
Grand juries originated as a protection against the tyranny of the crown. Now, they are nothing but rubber stamps for the king.
 
 
+7 # jwb110 2019-03-08 17:13
If she stays in this country she can look forward to being in jail for one reason or another for the rest of her life. There are a thousand reason why the Right are there to punish her and they will dog her forever. She should look for asylum in another country. In the land of All Men Are Created Equal, it should be noted that men are more equal than others.
 
 
+3 # janie1893 2019-03-09 01:45
Poor woman! Brave lady!