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Chelsea Manning Has Been Released From Jail
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=47379"><span class="small">Dell Cameron, Gizmodo</span></a>   
Friday, 10 May 2019 08:11

Cameron writes: "Chelsea Manning was released today from the Virginia jail where she spent 62 days for refusing to testify about her past ties to WikiLeaks before a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia."

Chelsea Manning. (photo: Getty)
Chelsea Manning. (photo: Getty)

Chelsea Manning Has Been Released From Jail

By Dell Cameron, Gizmodo

10 May 19


helsea Manning was released today from the Virginia jail where she spent 62 days for refusing to testify about her past ties to WikiLeaks before a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Attorneys for Manning said the release came after the grand jury’s term expired on Thursday. Her legal team has already been served another subpoena. It demands she appear before a different grand jury on May 17. Manning has vowed not to answer any questions and, therefore, could be returned to custody as early as next week.

“Chelsea will continue to refuse to answer questions, and will use every available legal defense to prove to District Judge Trenga that she has just cause for her refusal to give testimony,” her lawyers said.

Manning was jailed on March 8 for contempt, a process crime, for which she is not being punished; rather, her time in jail is intended to coerce her into cooperating. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a motion filed by her legal team to have her set free last month.

On Monday, Manning attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen filed another motion: It declaring that she would never be convinced to cooperate and that any further confinement would, therefore, serve no legal purpose. In March, U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton said the former soldier-turned-leaker-turned-activist would remain confined “until she purges.” Her lawyers hope to convince a new judge that this will never become a reality.

Manning’s refusal to testify is an act of protest, she’s said, against grand juries in general, which she asserts have been used historically to “entrap and persecute activists for protected political speech.”

Immunity is forced upon grand jury witnesses, negating their privilege against self-incrimination, and stripping them of any “right to remain silent.” The hearings are secret; there are no judges present; and the juries, comprised of 16-23 individuals, are not screened for personal biases. The rules of evidence do not apply.

During her 2013 court martial, Manning confessed to leaking more than 725,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks following her deployment as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst to Iraq in 2009. The documents, acquired from a classified database known as CIDNE, included military reports, State Department diplomatic cables, and Guantanamo Bay detainee profiles, including the profiles of the Tipton Three, a group of British Muslims who were imprisoned at the facility between 2001 and 2004.

The military ended up charging Manning with leaking only portions of a couple hundred documents and she was acquitted of aiding the enemy. Her 35-year sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama in one of his last acts of office.

Julian Assange, the anti-secrecy site’s founder, was himself arrested on April 11 after living for nearly seven years under asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The U.S. government has requested that Assange be extradited by the U.K. to face a felony charge of conspiracy to commit computer crimes related to Manning’s 2010 leak.

Assange appeared in court via livestream to decline voluntary extradition to the U.S, where he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. A London court found him guilty of jumping bail in 2012 and sentenced him this month to 50 weeks in prison.

Manning, meanwhile, faces no new criminal charges and has not been accused of doing anything illegal that she hasn’t already served time for in prison.

When she arrived in March at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandria, she was held in solitary confinement for nearly a month—a practice that, while widely in use U.S., is roundly condemned by international human rights groups as a form of torture. (Medical and psychiatric research has shown prolonged solitary may do irreversible psychological harm.)

Manning is expected to release a statement later tonight. We’ll update when she does.

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+7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-10 10:05
This is truly good news -- but followed soon by bad news. Manning is really a great hero. First she exposed terrible crimes committed by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. And now she's exposing the horrible abuse that is the grand jury process. NO ONE should be compelled to testify when his/her conscience dictates against it.

The comment about imposing immunity on grand jury witnesses and thereby absolving them of the risk of incriminating themselves is just prosecutor bullshit. They will prosecute you if you don't tell the grand jury what they want you to tell it. They will prosecute you for lying to the grand jury.

I hope Manning enjoys her freedom. Maybe she will get a better judge. The criminal Dept. of Justice wants to get Assange and it is willing to torture witnesses that it can use against him.
+1 # 1dfnslblty 2019-05-10 10:35
Subpoenas in the case are retaliatory tantrums by psychopaths potus/m.i.c.
Petitions should be denied as frivolous, and potus should be fined hugely each time it happens.
0 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-05-10 11:52
Grand Jury? In which ‘Immunity is forced upon grand jury witnesses, negating their privilege against self-incriminat ion, and stripping them of any “right to remain silent.”’ & The rules of evidence do not apply’? An odd & manifestly pernicious legal artifact: very different from the British System (upon which most US law is based)’s Preliminary Hearing (which a charged person may choose to waive), & in which the rules of evidence do apply.
+3 # 2019-05-10 12:33
Good news. Hope she gets to stay out -- she has no more to tell them in these regards and these confinements are clearly coercive.

Anymore learned about Assange and chemical torture??? Very concerning ... Demand the Royals and British legislators ensure his legal and safe confinement -- Boycott/protest Britain and demand the truth and proof ...

Australia - work out something - bring Assange back home!! Americans do NOT want more 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.

Lest anyone forget, we have a few other more crucial concerns and problems in the US and this World -- including starvation, mutilations, diseases - including Ebola again now, as well a horrid world-wide drug problem, poverty, lack of potable water and healthcare/insu rance, 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, to name a few. We demand these issues and others of serious concern are addressed more fully, and no more time spent by the US on matters regarding Assange.
+4 # janie1893 2019-05-10 13:37
Such a brave lady!!
0 # Luara June 2019-05-18 17:39
A mensch, A real human being