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Chelsea Manning Released From Solitary Confinement
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=33791"><span class="small">teleSUR</span></a>   
Saturday, 06 April 2019 12:25

Excerpt: "After 28 days of incarceration, United States Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been released from solitary confinement and moved into the general population unit of the Truesdale Detention Center in Northern Virginia."

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning. (photo: AP)
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning. (photo: AP)


Chelsea Manning Released From Solitary Confinement

By teleSUR

06 April 19


“Chelsea is being tortured for whistleblowing, she should be released on bail, and we should ban extended solitary in the US,” Ocasio Cortez said.

fter 28 days of incarceration, United States Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been released from solitary confinement and moved into the general population unit of the Truesdale Detention Center in Northern Virginia.

Manning refused to answer questions before a grand jury about her 2010 leak of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks.

Since March 8, Manning has been imprisoned in contempt of court. That day she returned to a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia for a closed contempt hearing where U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton told her 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.

Her solitary confinement has been akin to torture, U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez said. “Chelsea is being tortured for whistleblowing, she should be released on bail, and we should ban extended solitary in the US,” she tweeted.

Manning issued a statement a day prior to her arrest warning that she was prepared to face jail as she opposed grand juries in general and that her team thinks they “still have grounds to litigate,” the Washington Post reported then.

Even after being offered "immunity" for a testimony she still objected, stating that "In solidarity with many activists who face difficulties, I will maintain my principles. I will exhaust every legal remedy available. I am prepared to face the consequences of my refusal."

Manning is a former U.S. Army soldier who served seven years in a military prison for leaking classified data regarding war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, while she was working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq. She was granted clemency by former U.S. President Barack Obama.

By serving her with a grand jury subpoena, “the government is attempting once again to punish an outspoken whistleblower for her historic disclosures” said a group of activists named the “Chelsea Resists” Support Committee. However, the Alexandria court has not confirmed that WikiLeaks and Assange are targets of the grand jury probe.

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+5 # janie1893 2019-04-06 22:24
It seems the longer they harrass Ms. Manning, the stronger she becomes!! A true American hero
at a time when we need a few heros!! You go, girl!!!!!!
 
 
+3 # futhark 2019-04-07 03:22
Jesus v The Military Industrial Complex/State Surveillance Apparatus: Jesus "...the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32)v the MIA/SSA: the truth will land you back in prison.
 
 
+4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-07 06:14
Well, this is a little good news. I'm glad to see AOC speak out on this issue. All progressives in congress should take up this issue and sponsor a bill ending such arbitrary punishment by a judge. I just don't see how a judge can force someone to testify when that person chooses not to. Essentially, the judge is working for the prosecutor in trying to force Manning to lie against Assange.

We all should have the right not to talk to the police, courts, or anyone you don't want to. Manning is claiming that she does have this right according to the US constitution. She is right. The judge is in violation of the US constitution and ought to be impeached or at least investigated by a congressional committee.
 
 
+4 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-04-07 08:32
Solitary confinement for a contempt charge? Is the Court of Star Chamber back from the 17th century? Unrestrained barbarism rules in the USA.