Referred to as to testify in probe tied to WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning faces risk of extra jail time – USA TODAY


Manning, who divulged huge quantities of data to WikiLeaks, had her sentence commuted Tuesday by President Obama.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Chelsea Manning, the previous U.S. Military intelligence analyst who spent 4 years in jail for offering categorised data to WikiLeaks, might face extra time in jail if she refuses to cooperate Thursday with an investigation associated to the anti-secrecy group.  

Manning’s legal professionals have requested U.S. District Decide Claude Hilton in Alexandria, Virginia to quash a subpoena that will pressure her to testify earlier than a federal grand jury. Her attorneys are additionally asking the decide to order the federal government to reveal whether or not the federal government carried out digital surveillance of her.

Manning is scheduled to seem earlier than the grand jury at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday.

She was jailed for contempt in March after she refused to testify earlier than the grand jury, saying she’s in opposition to the inquiry and he or she had already offered the federal government “intensive testimony” throughout her prosecution six years in the past. She was launched final week after the grand jury’s time period expired. 

Extra: Chelsea Manning jailed for contempt after refusing to testify in WikiLeaks grand jury investigation

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Manning’s attorneys had beforehand declined to say what data the federal government is searching for. However final yr, federal prosecutors in the identical federal district courtroom inadvertently disclosed in courtroom paperwork that prison prices had been filed beneath seal in opposition to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. 

The indictment in opposition to Assange was filed beneath seal in March 2018 and was made public final month, when Assange was arrested to face a conspiracy cost in the USA. Prosecutors alleged that Assange conspired with Manning to steal and publish a big cache of top-secret recordsdata from army computer systems. They stated Assange helped Manning crack a password to entry a Pentagon pc system.

Manning’s attorneys argued of their assertion that compelling her to testify earlier than the grand jury is not lawful, saying grand juries are meant just for investigative functions and to not put together for trial within the pending prison case in opposition to Assange. 

Extra: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, faces US hacking conspiracy cost

Complicating the U.S. effort to strive Assange is a separate prosecution in Sweden, the place investigators have reopened a rape case over an incident that allegedly occurred 10 years in the past. Authorities in Sweden have additionally sought extradition.

Assange’s arrest final month got here after practically seven years of self-imposed exile contained in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. He was forcibly taken into custody after Ecuadorian officers revoked his political asylum. The 47-year-old Australian nationwide sought asylum within the embassy in 2012 to keep away from extradition to Sweden, the place he was wished for questioning within the rape case.

Manning’s case has attracted heightened consideration due to her standing as a transgender soldier. She was sentenced to 35 years in jail in 2013 for her position in leaking a cache of categorised authorities materials to WikiLeaks. On the time, she was often called Bradley Manning. President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in 2017.

Contributing: Kevin Johnson, Bart Jansen and Kim Hjelmgaard

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