[Pnews] Chelsea Manning Released From Jail - Immediately Called Before Another Grand Jury
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Fri May 10 11:16:45 EDT 2019
Chelsea Manning Released From Jail
May 9, 2019
Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning
<http://twitter.com/xychelsea>, who was being detained for refusing to
testify before a grand jury, was released on Thursday and immediately
summoned to appear before a new grand jury next week, her lawyers said.
Manning was released after the term expired for the previous grand jury
in Virginia that was seeking her testimony in connection with what is
believed to be the government’s long-running investigation into
WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.
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She was simultaneously subpoenaed to appear before a different grand
jury on May 16, meaning she could be found in contempt again for
refusing to testify and returned to jail, her lawyers said in a statement.
Manning had appeared before the grand jury in early March but declined
to answer questions.
She was jailed for 62 days for contempt of court. A U.S. appeals court
denied her request to be released on bail and upheld the lower court’s
decision to hold her in civil contempt for refusing to testify.
“Chelsea will continue to refuse to answer questions, and will use every
available legal defense to prove to District Judge (Anthony) Trenga that
she has just cause for her refusal to give testimony,” the statement said.
** Feds released Chelsea a few hours ago after Grand Jury expired -
prosecutors subpoenaed her to appear a 2nd time for a different
grand jury - but for same questions - on May 16th - official
statement from her pending https://t.co/BkXDxnrLmZ
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) May 10, 2019
It is unclear exactly why federal prosecutors want Manning to testify,
although her representatives say the questions she was asked concern the
release of information she disclosed to the public in 2010 through
Manning was convicted by court-martial in 2013 of espionage and other
offenses for furnishing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic
cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks while she was an
intelligence analyst in Iraq.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama, in his final days in office,
commuted the final 28 years of Manning’s 35-year sentence.
After nearly seven years of giving Assange refuge in its embassy in
London, Ecuador on April 11 ended its protection and he was arrested by
The United States is seeking his extradition to face charges of
conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. Assange plans to fight the U.S.
WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007
attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people,
including two Reuters news staff.
The U.S. government said Assange tried to help Manning gain access to a
government computer. It is not clear if the alleged collaboration
between Manning and Assange led to a successful intrusion into any U.S.
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