[Pnews] US judge orders Chelsea Manning released from jail

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Thu Mar 12 19:34:06 EDT 2020


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  US judge orders Chelsea Manning released from jail

March 12, 2020
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Former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning Image copyright 
Getty Images Image caption Chelsea Manning was found guilty in 2013 of 
charges including espionage for leaking secret military files

A US judge has ordered the immediate release of former army intelligence 
analyst Chelsea Manning from prison.

Manning had been remanded for refusing to testify in an inquiry into 
Wikileaks and had been in detention in Virginia since last May.

She was scheduled to appear in court on Friday, but the judge ruled that 
it was no longer necessary for her to testify.

Manning was found guilty in 2013 of charges including espionage for 
leaking secret military files to Wikileaks.

She accrued more than $250,000 (£198,000) in fines for refusing to 
co-operate with the inquiry. Her legal team had asked for these to be 
vacated, but the judge said they must be paid in full.

Manning, 32, had refused to answer further questions about Wikileaks 
from investigators because she said she had already given her testimony 
during the 2013 trial.

Her release order on Thursday came shortly after her legal team said she 
had tried to take her own life and was recovering in hospital.

Police confirmed there was "an incident" involving Manning at the 
detention centre in Virginia on Wednesday afternoon. "It was handled 
appropriately by our professional staff and [she] is safe," a police 
statement said.

Manning leaked hundreds of thousands of secret US military files 
relating to the Afghan war to Wikileaks in 2010. She was sentenced to 35 
years in prison, but former President Barack Obama commuted the rest of 
her sentence in 2017.

US prosecutors have been investigating Wikileaks for several years.

They are currently seeking the extradition of its co-founder Julian 
Assange <https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51616077> from the UK over his 
alleged role in the 2010 release of classified military and diplomatic 
material.

Australian-born Assange faces a charge of conspiracy to commit computer 
intrusion in the US.

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