Chelsea Manning Jailed After Refusing to Testify in WikiLeaks Case

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify on Wikileaks

Chelsea Manning, an activist and former intelligence analyst for the United States Army who was convicted by court-martial for violating the Espionage Act, was jailed for refusing to testify to a grand jury that was investigating WikiLeaks.

Manning - who was born a male and formerly named Bradley Manning - was given a 35-year sentence by a military judge in 2013 for leaking the largest cache of classified documents in American history.

Manning told NBC News said she responded to each question with the following statement: "I object to the question and refuse to answer on the grounds that the question is in violation of my First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment, and other statutory rights".

Manning's lawyers had asked that she be sent to home confinement instead of the jail, because of medical complications she faces from her gender reassignment and because she's a public figure. The judge denied the request, saying U.S. Marshals were capable of seeing to Manning's medical needs, Fox reported.

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The order sending Manning to jail is under seal, but the judge issued the sanction against her in open court, the clerk's office told NPR. She was later pardoned by former President Barack Obama.

In a move her defenders called "an outrageous government overreach and absolutely inhumane", Manning was remanded to federal prison for contempt on Friday morning due to her refusal to testify in a secret grand jury hearing Wednesday. "I will exhaust every legal remedy available", said Manning. He emphasized that he had commuted her sentence, not granted a pardon.

Attorneys for Chelsea Manning, Moira Meltzer-Cohen (L) and Christopher Leibig (R), speak to the press.

"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 nearly a full day about these events". "We hope she changes her mind now", McCormick said, according to CBS. "I don't see the objective to incarcerate people".

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Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012.

The Wikileaks investigation has been ongoing for a long time. An indictment against the WikiLeaks founder was inadvertently leaked by prosecutors in a court filing in November.

Wikileaks has emerged as an important part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election, as investigators focus on whether President Donald Trump's campaign knew Russian hackers were going to provide emails to Wikileaks stolen from Democratic organisations, including presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Manning, 31, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was given 35 years in prison for exposing the largest cache of classified documents in US history.

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