Chelsea Manning Jailed for Disclosing of Documents to WikiLeaks – American activist and whistle blower Chelsea Manning is taken to custody after refusing to testify about her disclosure of military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks in 2010.
Chelsea Manning Jailed for Disclosing of Documents to WikiLeaks:
U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton told Chelsea Manning that she would remain in federal custody “until she purges or the end of the life of the grand jury,”
Manning tweeted Friday, “Imprisoning me for my refusal to answer questions only subjects me to additional punishment for my repeatedly-stated ethical objections to the grand jury system.”
Chelsea Manning was taken into custody in 2010 and later alleged with leaking thousands of classified files. After an eight-week military trial in 2013, she Chelsea Manning was charged of several counts, including violations of the Espionage Act, and sentenced to 35 years in prison. That sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017.
Officials asked Manning under oath about the leak for several hours as part of the court-martial. Manning said Friday, “The grand jury’s questions pertained to disclosures from nine years ago and took place six years after an in-depth computer forensics case, in which I testified for almost a full day about these events. I stand by my previous public testimony.”
Manning told Lamo in May 2010 that she had developed a working relationship with Assange, communicating directly with him using an encrypted Internet conferencing service, but knew little about him. WikiLeaks did not identify Manning as their source. Army investigators found pages of chats on Manning’s computer between Manning and someone believed to be Julian Assange. Nicks writes that, despite this, no decisive evidence was found of Assange’s offering Manning any direction. Chelsea Manning was alleged with 22 offenses, including most serious charge aiding the enemy. She was held at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico in Virginia, from July 2010 to April 2011, under Prevention of Injury status.
“I just know there were an awful lot of government lawyers there,” 31-years old Chelsea Manning said Tuesday after her motion was denied, “Grand juries are terrible, to say the least, also commended on grand jury “dangerous and undemocratic.”