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Chelsea Manning Seeks Release From Jail, Says She'll Never Testify
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=6172"><span class="small">Matthew Barakat, Associated Press</span></a>   
Wednesday, 08 May 2019 08:13

Barakat writes: "Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning said in a new legal motion that she will never testify to a grand jury in Virginia investigating the website WikiLeaks, and it therefore makes no sense to continue to keep her in jail for refusing to do so."

Chelsea Manning. (photo: Heidi Gutman/ABC/Getty Images)
Chelsea Manning. (photo: Heidi Gutman/ABC/Getty Images)

Chelsea Manning Seeks Release From Jail, Says She'll Never Testify

By Matthew Barakat, Associated Press

08 May 19


ormer Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning said in a new legal motion that she will never testify to a grand jury in Virginia investigating the website WikiLeaks, and it therefore makes no sense to continue to keep her in jail for refusing to do so.

Manning has been jailed in Alexandria for two months for refusing to testify to the sitting grand jury. She appealed her incarceration to the federal appeals court in Richmond, but a three-judge panel unanimously rejected her appeal last month. Now, in a motion filed Monday in Alexandria, Manning argues she has proven she’ll stick to her principles and should therefore be released.

“At this point, given the sacrifices she has already made, her strong principles, her strong and growing support community, and the disgrace attendant to her capitulation, it is inconceivable that Chelsea Manning will ever change her mind about her refusal to cooperate with the grand jury,” her lawyers wrote.

Federal law only allows a recalcitrant witness to be jailed on civil contempt if there’s a chance that the incarceration will coerce the witness into testifying. If a judge were to determine that incarcerating Manning were punitive rather than coercive, Manning would be set free. Manning filed an eight-page statement with the legal motion, outlining her intransigence.

“I can — without any hesitation — state that nothing that will convince me to testify before this or any other grand jury for that matter. This experience so far only proves my long held belief that grand juries are simply outdated tools used by the federal government to harass and disrupt political opponents and activists in fishing expeditions,” Manning wrote.

She also said she is suffering physical problems related to inadequate follow-up care to gender-reassignment surgery.

Manning served seven years in a military prison for leaking a trove of documents to Wikileaks before her 35-year sentence was commuted by then-President Barack Obama. Since Manning was jailed for contempt, prosecutors in Alexandria have unsealed criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and requested his extradition.

Prosecutors have not yet responded to Manning’s most recent motion. They have previously stated that Manning’s claims she is being persecuted by the Trump administration are speculative and that she has the same duty as any other citizen to provide truthful testimony when subpoenaed.

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+4 # Anne Frank 2019-05-08 12:19
A fascist government uses the law to control the people, but is not, itself, subject to any law.
+3 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-05-08 12:34
Free Chelsea Manning.
Free Julian Assange.
+1 # tedrey 2019-05-08 12:43
It's like the Mueller Report. One side wants the testimony out in full. The other wants to keep parts secret, and manipulate it on their own terms. The purpose of grand juries is not disclosure, but concealment.
+3 # 2019-05-08 13:20
Chelsea has stated repeatedly that she has no further testimony in these regards. LET HER OUT!

Hopefully reports of this h_ll (chemical torture) regarding Assange are incorrect, however the sources are very credible...

Protest for the safety and freedom of both Manning and Assange. Boycott all things British, email/demand the Royals/authorit ies intervene to stop any such torture/barbari ty. Australia - work out something - bring Assange back home!! This focus on Assange from the World has cost a lot of time, energy, and money, and everyone would agree that much more crucial concerns and problems have been ongoing -- including starvation, mutilations, diseases - including Ebola again now, as well a horrid world-wide drug problem, poverty, lack of potable water and healthcare, antibiotic resistance, other environmental/e cological - population vs. decrease in tree cover/primary forest/species extinction - soil/air/water pollution, human trafficking, and multiple armed conflicts.

Americans do NOT want more attention, time, and money spent on Assange – not on legal matters, extradition, a trial, or anything else ... He has essentially been in prison now for years, well compensating for any wrongdoing of concern to America. America - work out something with Australia, and let Assange go home.

Release Chelsea now!
+3 # janie1893 2019-05-08 15:06
A hero is incarcerated for doing heroic deeds!!
Is there something askew about this?
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-05-08 20:19
Long past enough brutal torture for a real heroine & patriot.