Publicado: Vie, May 17, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Chelsea Manning says she’d rather go to jail than testify on Wikileaks

Chelsea Manning says she’d rather go to jail than testify on Wikileaks

Manning was in good spirits, joking and entertaining her audience despite the likelihood that she will be back in prison on Thursday evening, having vowed to defy a subpoena from federal prosecutors in Virginia demanding she testify before a grand jury. When Manning left jail, she was greeted with a new subpoena to appear on May 16.

"I'm not going to comply with this grand jury", Manning told journalists outside the Alexandria courthouse ahead of the hearing.

Manning herself told the judge directly: "I would rather starve to death than change my principles in this regard". Last week, officials released Manning from the Alexandria Detention Center after the grand jury term expired.

She said the government was abusing the grand jury process and refused to testify, saying she had answered all the questions years before anyway.

An appointee of President George W. Bush who ruled in favor of Trump's xenophobic anti-Muslim travel ban, Trenga instead ordered Manning to be jailed immediately after a two-hour hearing.

According to The Washington Post, US District Court Judge Trenga sent Manning back to jail.

This time, however, Manning will reportedly be fined as her stay goes on - $500 per day after the first 30 days, and the $1,000 a day after the 60th day.

"In 2010, Chelsea took a principled decision to let the world see the true nature of modern asymmetric warfare", Moira Meltzer-Cohen, an attorney for Manning, said Thursday.

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United States prosecutors are seeking the extradition of Assange from the United Kingdom, where he is serving a 50-week jail term for skipping bail, to face charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G. Zachary Terwilliger said after Manning's hearing that Manning is not being asked to do any more than any other citizen who might have relevant information. She has not faced the reality of being incarcerated for up to 18 months.

Manning gained prominence when she was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for the unauthorized disclosure of classified materials made public by WikiLeaks in 2010.

The Mueller report accused Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, of covering up for the Russians as the source of private documents from the Hillary Clinton campaign that they leaked before the 2016 election.

Manning has argued that Assange's indictment is proof that her testimony is no longer needed and is merely meant to harass her.

Grand juries, though, often issue superseding indictments that can outline additional charges to those spelled out in an additional indictment.

Concerns about resources for Manning's medical treatments and mental health at Alexandra were raised, though G. Zach Terwilliger, the USA attorney, said they have "bent over backwards to accommodate her needs".

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