Following a week-long release from an Alexandria, Virginia detention center, Chelsea Manning is back in jail. Manning was jailed in March for his refusal to cooperate with a grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks.
Manning has made his position on the grand jury well known and refuses to cooperate with his principle proceedings. His release last week came when the grand jury that issued him a subpoena in January expired, although the grand jury that issued Manning his last subpoena will not expire for another 18 months.
“Of course, we are disappointed with the outcome of today’s hearing, but I anticipate that it will be exactly as coercive as the previous sanction, that is, not at all,” Manning’s attorney, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, said of the day’s events. .
Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst, leaked more than 250,000 diplomatic cables, a host of military field reports, and horrific footage of US airstrikes on the secret exchange organization WikiLeaks in 2010. Manning was convicted of most of the more than 20 charges against, but President Obama commuted his sentence before leaving office.
After its release last week, Manning shared a YouTube video to provide insight into why he opposes grand juries on moral grounds.
She doesn’t seem likely to back down. Aware of this, Judge Anthony Trenga made the unusual decision to fine Manning $ 500 for each day he remains uncooperative and in custody, starting after 30 days. After 60 days, that amount will increase to $ 1000 per day. Before his brief period of release in the past week, Manning spent two months in jail, part of which was served in solitary confinement as conditions, according to his legal team.
“Grand juries and prosecutions like this issue a growing threat to the press and function to undermine the integrity of the system in accordance with the government’s own laws,” Meltzer-Cohen said.
During his brief free-walking interval, Manning broadcast Apex legends Y Red Dead Redemption 2 on Twitch.