Chelsea Manning is Going Back to Jail - Again

Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning is seen speaking to reporters outside the U.S. federal courthouse in this frame grab from video taken shortly before she entered the coourthouse to appear before a federal judge regarding a federal gra

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

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.

"I'm not going to comply with this grand jury", she told reporters outside the court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Manning served seven years in a military prison before then-president Barack Obama commuted the remainder of her 35-year sentence.

Manning had formally asked the court to release her earlier this month, saying "nothing will convince me to testify", according to documents filed in the Eastern District of Virginia court.

At a short press conference prior to a Thursday hearing, Manning said she was prepared to return to jail "indefinitely" rather than testify.

She told the judge she'd "rather starve to death" than comply with the subpoena.

Chelsea Manning spent 7 years in military prisons for leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks in 2010.

Chelsea Manning, who was released from jail last week after the federal grand jury she was subpoenaed to testify before lapsed, was taken back into custody on Thursday as a recalcitrant witness. "I will not cooperate with this or any other grand jury", Manning said before entering the courthouse for the hearing.

Ms. Manning has offered multiple reasons for refusing to testify, but fundamentally, says she considers the whole grand jury process to be unacceptable.

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But before a judge could rule on whether or not Manning should continue to be held, the grand jury expired and she was released.

Manning argues that she should not be sent to jail because she has already demonstrated that incarceration won't coerce her into testifying.

The goal here is to re-litigate the court martial ...

Manning claims that grand juries - the proceedings of which are kept secret - can be abused to unfairly compel testimony with little transparency.

This time, however, Manning will reportedly be fined as her stay goes on - $500 per day after the first 30 days, and the $1,000 a day after the 60th day.

Manning refused to testify before the grand jury in March, even under an offer of immunity from federal prosecutors.

USA prosecutors are seeking the extradition of Assange from the United Kingdom, where he is serving a 50-week jail term for skipping bail, to face charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. She said the isolation caused her "extraordinary pain" and that she was sometimes in a "dissociative stupor". She added, "And when I say that, I mean that quite literally".

The new grand jury subpoena appears to be related to the United States prosecution of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who was arrested last month and is now awaiting his extradition hearing in the UK. "Therefore, I decline to answer any questions", Manning said.

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