Chelsea Manning released from jail after refusing to testify to grand jury
Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea ManningChelsea Elizabeth ManningManning vows to refuse to cooperate with grand jury investigation after contempt order Assange fighting extradition to US Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for skipping bail MORE was released from jail on Thursday after a grand jury she refused to testify before expired, her lawyers announced.
Manning’s attorneys said that while she was being released, she had been served with another subpoena to testify before a different grand jury or face more jail time.
“Today marked the expiration of the term of the grand jury, and so, after 62 days of confinement, Chelsea was released from the Alexandria Detention Center earlier today,” her lawyers said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, even prior to her release, Chelsea was served with another subpoena. This means she is expected to appear before a different grand jury, on Thursday, May 16, 2019, just one week from her release today.”
The lawyers said it was “conceivable” that Manning would again be held in contempt of court and return to the jail in Alexandria, Va., as soon as next week.
“Chelsea will continue to refuse to answer questions, and will use every available legal defense to prove to District Judge Trenga that she has just cause for her refusal to give testimony,” the lawyers said.
Manning was jailed earlier this year after reportedly refusing to testify in a case regarding WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangePamela Anderson visits Julian Assange in prison, says he’s innocent Manning vows to refuse to cooperate with grand jury investigation after contempt order The Hill’s Morning Report — Dem ire at Barr intensifies MORE, who faces extradition to the U.S. after being arrested by British authorities.
She was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 over the disclosure to WikiLeaks of classified materials. Her criminal conviction for the act was commuted by former President Obama in 2017.