Chelsea Manning was lucky to be pardoned and released from jail by President Obama before he left office. Now the military leaker could be headed back to jail for refusing to comply with a subpoena.
The Law and Crime blog reports:
Chelsea Manning Refuses to Comply with Subpoena, May End Up Back Behind Bars
Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who went to prison for leaking thousands of documents to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, may end up back behind bars. Manning is reportedly refusing to comply with a federal grand jury subpoena, which could result in a contempt charge.
A judge in the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) upheld the subpoena earlier this week after Manning attempted to have it quashed.
It’s unclear what the government wants Manning to testify about, but as Law&Crime’s Matt Naham noted, the case is being handled by the same U.S. Attorney’s Office that accidentally included language in a court filing that appeared to reference a case against Assange.
EDVA U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger admitted the error, but would not confirm or deny whether charges have been filed against Assange under seal.
Manning’s refusal comes even after she implied that she didn’t know what the subpoena was for.
“We can speculate like anyone else,” Manning said, according to CNN.
This is a fair point:
Chelsea Manning has apparently run out of things to do and has decided becoming a martyr in jail again is her best course of action to regain relevance. https://t.co/iYyInuwCoF
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) March 7, 2019
Here’s more from Stars and Stripes:
Chelsea Manning faces contempt hearing after refusing to answer grand jury questions
Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning faces possible jail time after refusing to answer a grand jury’s questions about her disclosure of classified State Department cables and war logs in 2010 to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Manning said that a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, scheduled a contempt hearing for Friday and that she could be sent to jail, less than two years after she was released from a military prison for her leaks.
“Yesterday, I appeared before a secret grand jury after being given immunity for my testimony,” Manning said in a statement Thursday. “All of the substantive questions pertained to my disclosures of information to the public in 2010 — answers I provided in extensive testimony, during my court-martial in 2013. I 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.’ “
The same judge, Claude Hilton, refused to quash the subpoena against Manning in a sealed hearing Tuesday.
Does Chelsea really want to go back to jail?
There probably won’t be a pardon this time.