Chelsea Manning Jailed Again For Defying Subpoena

Clay Curtis
May 18, 2019

Following her deployment to Iraq in 2009 as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst, Manning leaked more than 725,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks, including military battlefield reports and U.S. State Department cables.

Manning's imprisonment Thursday came exactly one week after she was released following a 62-day stint in jail-including a month in solitary confinement-for refusing to testify before a grand jury that, as the Guardian reported, "is presumed to relate to the criminal prosecution" of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange, who is now fighting the Trump administration's attempt to extradite him to the United States. Having already served 62 days in jail, 28 of which were spent in solitary confinement, she now faces up to 18 months more in custody.

Manning, 31, served two months in the Alexandria, Va., city jail earlier this year, and was freed only when the grand jury investigating Assange expired.

Manning's attorneys attempted to challenge the subpoena during a sealed hearing at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria today, but Trenga said he was not persuaded by their arguments.

A defiant Manning on Thursday said she'd "rather starve to death" than testify and pledged to stay in jail "forever" if she had to.

She had been held in contempt by the grand jury after refusing to testify for the court's ongoing investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning speaks to reporters in Virginia on Thursday.

During a court hearing on Thursday, Manning told Judge Anthony Trenga that she has no intention of giving in to government pressure.

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Manning was slapped with the second subpoena while in jail to appear before the grand jury Thursday "but for (the) same questions", according to a tweet posted on Manning's Twitter account last week. Really? Manning should probably get some better attorneys because the ones she has now don't seem to be serving her interests very well.

After 60 days, the fine will increase to $1,000.

US prosecutors publicly released the indictment against Assange after he was evicted from Ecuador's London embassy, where he took refuge in 2012 fearing extradition to the United States or Sweden.

"I think that this ultimately the goal here is to relitigate the court martial from my perspective".

Prosecutors have not publicly disclosed the specific nature of the investigation in which they seek to have Manning testify. She said the isolation caused her "extraordinary pain" and that she was sometimes in a "dissociative stupor".

"We have a lawfully predicated reason for seeking her testimony and we'll continue to do so", he added. Former President Barack Obama shortened her sentence before leaving office.

"The questions are the same questions I was asked before the court-martial", Manning said. "Therefore, I decline to answer any questions", Manning said.

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