Chelsea Manning Risks Going to Prison Again For Refusing to Testify Against Assange-Courage to the Skies
Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify on WikiLeaks
Published time: 8 Mar, 2019 15:44Edited time: 8 Mar, 2019 19:21Get short URL
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US army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been taken into custody for contempt of court after refusing to testify in front of a grand jury in what’s believed to be the case against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.
Manning received a subpoena from the US District Court in January.
She appeared before a grand jury on Wednesday and invoked her First, Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights. She said the questions pertained to her 2010 disclosures of the American military’s misconduct, and she had answered those extensively during her 2013 court-martial.View image on Twitter
tomorrow i’m facing a sealed contempt hearing for refusing to testify at a secret grand jury over my 2010 disclosures
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Those disclosures landed her in prison with a 35-year sentence that was commuted in 2017. On her way to the Friday hearing, Manning said she was prepared to go back to jail.
Chelsea @xychelsea Manning has entered the United States Courthouse where a judge will decide whether to hold her in contempt for refusing to testify against Assange.
Reporter: “Is it possible that you aren’t walking out those doors after this hearing?”
Ahead of the hearing, I asked Manning what she thinks of these hearings being conducted in secret (no press/public allowed in).
“I have a history of having to deal with secrecy and a lot of these sort of secret proceedings. They tend to favor the government,” she tells me. pic.twitter.com/YjCiBuOway1668:19 AM – Mar 8, 2019 · Alexandria, VATwitter Ads info and privacy
Attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen reportedly said it would be “an act of tremendous cruelty” to send Manning, who is a transgender public figure, back to jail, where she would face dangers to her safety and health, the Washington Post reports.
Manning will remain in detention until she either changes her mind and testifies, or until “the end of the life of the grand jury,” Judge Claude M. Hilton ruled.
Though Manning’s subpoena does not name Assange specifically, the cases are believed to be related because Manning leaked her trove of classified and sensitive military and diplomatic data to WikiLeaks, and the subpoena was issued at the request of a federal prosecutor assigned to handle the consequences of the inadvertent reveal of the Assange indictment.
Charges against Julian Assange remain sealed, though their existence was recently inadvertently revealed. It is believed that as soon as Assange sets foot outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the UK will extradite him to the US, where he could potentially be charged under the Espionage Act like Manning was.
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My Comment: Alexandria, Virginia has the most crooked courts in America. When Mueller could not get convictions against LaRouche and his LaRouchePac Activists in Boston & New York, Crooked Zionist Mueller Railroaded them all in Alexandria, Virginia getting 77 year sentences, etc. Mueller had a rigged prosecution.