Yep. Chelsea Manning is back in jail

Chelsea Manning will go back to jail after refusing to testify to grand jury probing Wikileaks

Asked during a press conference before the hearing how long she was prepared keep refusing to answer questions before a grand jury, Manning replied resolutely, "Forever, indefinitely".

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.

"Facing jail again, potentially today doesn't change my stance", Manning said before entering her hearing.

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.

US District Judge Anthony Trenga sent her back to jail on Thursday and said that if she did not comply with the subpoena she would after 30 days be fined $US500 ($726) a day.

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 served seven years in a military prison for leaking a trove of documents to WikiLeaks before then-President Barack Obama commuted the remainder of her 35-year sentence.


Chelsea Manning was imprisoned for civil contempt on Thursday evening for the second time this year, after once again refusing to cooperate with a grand jury thought to be investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

US Attorney Zachary Terwilliger, the top federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Virginia, told reporters Thursday that his team had "bent over backwards to accommodate" Manning's medical needs and schedule.

Chelsea Manning is going back to prison after refusing to comply with a subpoena to testify about her involvement with WikiLeaks.

If a judge were to determine that incarcerating Ms. Manning were punitive rather than coercive, Ms. Manning would not be jailed.

"The goal here is really to relitigate the court martial", Manning said before the hearing. She said the isolation caused her "extraordinary pain" and that she was sometimes in a "dissociative stupor".

In a statement at the time she was taken into custody, Manning said she "will not participate in a secret process that I morally object to, particularly one that has been historically used to entrap and persecute activists for protected political speech". "Therefore, I decline to answer any questions", Manning said. She was released in May 2017.

The whistleblower, who leaked 750,000 classified military files to WikiLeaks, had vowed in interviews and a Twitch live stream through the past week that she would not testify to the grand jury and protested the secrecy of proceedings.

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