Chelsea Manning Has Been Released From Jail
Former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been released from custody after a contempt of court ruling found her jailed for 62 days in the Eastern District of Virginia.
The ruling came in March when she refused to testify before a Grand Jury. She firmly stated that she had already made her testimony in 2013, and had nothing else to add.
Manning was found guilty in 2013 of espionage after she leaked military files to Wikileaks, but her sentence was later commuted by President Obama. She hoped the release of the classified information, regarding failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, would help spark a conversation about foreign policy, but the intelligence community claims it put American lives at risk.
Her legal defense released a statement today regarding her release.
“Today marked the expiration of the term of the grand jury, and so, after 62 days of confinement, Chelsea was released from the Alexandria Detention Center earlier today”.
“Unfortunately, even prior to her release, Chelsea was served with another subpoena. This means she is expected to appear before a different grand jury, on Thursday, May 16, 2019, just one week from her release today”.
“It is therefore conceivable that she will once again be held in contempt of court, and be returned to the custody of the Alexandria Detention Center, possibly as soon as next Thursday, May 16”.
“Chelsea will continue to refuse to answer questions, and will use every available legal defense to prove to District Judge Trenga that she has just cause for her refusal to give testimony”.
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