Chelsea Manning was ordered by a federal grand jury to testify in a case related to Wikileaks but refused. That means jail. It’s not clear how long Manning will be held.
The Hill reports:
Chelsea Manning jailed for contempt of court
Former Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning was jailed Friday for contempt of court after she refused to testify in a closed-door grand jury hearing related to WikiLeaks, the site to which she sent classified documents in 2010.
A statement from Manning’s legal defense team confirmed that the whistleblower was taken into custody by order of a judge until she testified to the grand jury or the panel was dissolved.
“I’ve found you in contempt,” Judge Claude Hilton told Manning, according to The Washington Post, “either until you purge yourself or the end of the life of the grand jury.”
A brief notice from Manning’s representatives said that a statement was forthcoming. Manning reportedly told journalists outside the courthouse on Friday that she was ready to go to jail and would only testify in a public setting.
“These secret proceedings tend to favor the government,” she told reporters, according to the Post. “I’m always willing to explain things publicly.”
Manning is reportedly being held in a special jail for transgender inmates.
FOX News has more on this story:
Chelsea Manning in custody after refusing to testify before federal grand jury in WikiLeaks probe
Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army analyst who served seven years in prison for leaking a trove of classified information, was found in contempt of court and taken into custody Friday after refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks.
Manning was ordered to jail by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton after a brief hearing in which Manning confirmed she had no intention of testifying. She told the judge she “will accept whatever you bring upon me.”
Manning reportedly objects to the secrecy of the grand jury process and said she’s already revealed everything she knows during her court-martial. The judge ordered Manning to remain behind bars until she testifies or until the grand jury concludes its work.
“These secret proceedings tend to favor the government,” Manning told reporters before her hearing, according to The Washington Post. “I’m always willing to explain things publicly.”
Manning’s lawyers have asked she be confined to her home instead due to the medical complications she faces.
A year ago, Manning was running for Congress. It’s amazing how quickly things can change.