[Pnews] Judge Orders Jeremy Hammond Released From Jail along with Chelsea Manning

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https://gizmodo.com/judge-orders-chelsea-manning-and-jeremy-hammond-release-1842301516 



  Judge Orders Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond Released From Jail

March 12, 2020
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U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G. Zachary 
Terwilliger speaks on the case involving former U.S Army intelligence 
analyst Chelsea Manning outside the Albert Bryan U.S federal courthouse 
May 16, 2019 in Alexandria, Virginia.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G. Zachary 
Terwilliger speaks on the case involving former U.S Army intelligence 
analyst Chelsea Manning outside the Albert Bryan U.S federal courthouse 
May 16, 2019 in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee (Getty

Documents ordering the release of Chelsea Manning 
<https://gizmodo.com/chelsea-manning-attempted-suicide-in-jail-on-wednesday-1842277955> 
and former AntiSec hacker Jeremy Hammond 
<https://gizmodo.com/jeremy-hammond-former-wikileaks-source-held-in-contem-1838947403> 
were signed on Thursday by the U.S. District judge who detained them 
both in a Virginia jail last year for refusing to testify in the federal 
grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

Judge Anthony Trenga ordered both grand-jury resistors released, saying 
their testimony is no longer being sought after by prosecutors. The 
business of the grand jury itself, with which both refused to cooperate, 
is “concluded,” he wrote.

Their defiance came at a high cost—both literally and figuratively.

While released from the jail that’s held him since October, Hammond will 
soon be en route back to a federal correctional facility to serve out 
the remainder of a 10-year sentence for his role in the 2012 hacking of 
Texas-based intelligence firm Stratfor.

Had Hammond not been called to testify, close supporters say, it is 
possible he would already be a free man. The 35-year-old Chicagoan 
anarchist—whose computer crimes were thoroughly documented and in some 
cases instigated 
<https://www.dailydot.com/debug/hammond-sabu-fbi-stratfor-hack/> by an 
FBI informant in late 2011—had put months of work into an intensive 
substance abuse program, which could have earned his release months ago. 
That opportunity was seemingly wrecked, however, the moment prosecutors 
yanked the high-profile inmate out of the medium-security prison in 
Kentucky where’d he been serving the last years of his sentence.

Despite having her freedom, the toll paid by Manning seems even more 
dire. The former Army intelligence analyst, who had previously served 
seven years of a 35-year sentence for leaking classified records about 
the American wars to WikiLeaks, was hospitalized on Wednesday after 
attempting to take her own life 
<https://gizmodo.com/chelsea-manning-attempted-suicide-in-jail-on-wednesday-1842277955>. 
She leaves the Alexandria jail with more than a quarter-million dollars 
in fines, a punishment for refusing to testify, a decision she said she 
had based on principle.

In a statement to Gizmodo, Manning’s legal team asked that reporters 
grant her privacy “while she gets on her feet.”

It remains unclear what new information Manning could have provided 
prosecutors about WikiLeaks or its founder, Julian Assange, who is 
currently battling extradition to the U.S. in London. The two allegedly 
spoke briefly in 2010 in online chats prior to the hand off of hundreds 
of thousands of secret diplomatic cables and battlefield reports that, 
while doing very little to endanger the nation’s security, deeply 
embarrassed the U.S. State Department. Those conversations were already 
fully disclosed in transcript form during Manning’s court martial in 
2013 and her attorneys say there is nothing new to be disclosed.

Hammond had perhaps more to give. Though the FBI has copies of chat room 
logs in which Hammond claims to have spoken with Assange—copies of which 
Gizmodo has reviewed, despite them being sealed for years by a Manhattan 
judge—it seems unlikely the government knows the precise details of 
Hammond’s discussions with WikiLeaks. What is clear is that neither 
Assange, nor anyone else associated with WikiLeaks, had prior knowledge 
of the Stratfor hack, which included some five million company emails 
later published by the anti-secrecy group.

As Gizmodo first reported in 2018, Hammond and his cohorts acquired a 
search tool after the hack from a source whom they believed was Assange 
himself, which was meant to help them rifle through Stratfor’s stolen 
files.

Assange, currently confined in the U.K., faces a 17-count indictment in 
the U.S., including charges under the Espionage Act. A photo shared 
online <https://twitter.com/Dr_LCorredor/status/1232739524175785984> 
last month appeared to show the divisive 48-year-old publisher being 
held in a glass box during a court room hearing.

If extradited and convicted in a U.S. court, Assange could face as many 
as 175 years behind bars, which some experts believe could raise 
“profound First Amendment issues 
<https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/us/politics/assange-indictment.html?action=click&module=RelatedCoverage&pgtype=Article&region=Footer>.” 


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