A judge sentenced ex-U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning again to jail for refusing to testify over leaking 700K documents to Wikileaks. She could serve up to 18 months. She already served 7 years in prison for espionage.
Manning told reporters outside the courtroom that she will persist in defying the federal subpoena “forever, indefinitely.”
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The new grand jury subpoena appears to be related to the US prosecution of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who was arrested last month and is currently awaiting his extradition hearing in the UK. Assange is officially accused of conspiring with Manning to hack into Pentagon computers, while acknowledging the hack never actually happened.
A federal judge has ordered Chelsea Manning to be jailed again for refusing to testify in a grand jury probe of Julian Assange, threatening the whistleblower with fines if the defiance continues. Manning says she would rather die.
“I would rather starve to death than to change my opinion in this regard. And when I say that, I mean that quite literally,” Manning said during a hearing at a federal courthouse in Virginia on Thursday.
The US Army intelligence specialist has already spent seven years behind bars for handing over classified military and diplomatic files to WikiLeaks in 2010, and another 62 days in jail until last week for refusing to testify before another grand jury,
when asked, Chelsea Manning why the government is even going ahead with this process knowing that she’ll never betray her principles to testify.
She explained that the government’s “goal here is really to re litigate the court-martial” for which she already served 7 years.
Manning faces a fine of $500 a day if she continues to refuse cooperation after 30 days in jail. The fine will go up to $1,000 a day after two months.
“I have never heard of jailing a witness for this long,” former FBI agent and whistleblower Colleen Rowley