Chelsea Manning has been freed from jail. She was imprisoned since early March in an attempt to force her to testify to a grand jury about the 2010 release of a huge cache of government documents to WikiLeaks that exposed US war crimes.
Chelsea was released Thursday, after the grand jury’s term expired. According to a tweet from Chelsea Manning’s account, she has been subpoenaed to appear before a new grand jury panel. Her legal team says it is “conceivable that she will once again be held in contempt of court” and imprisoned once again.
The following statement is from Chelsea’s legal team:
“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.
“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.
“It is therefore conceivable that she will once again be held in contempt of court, and be returned to the custody of the Alexandria Detention Center, possibly as soon as next Thursday, May 16.
“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.”
An official statement from Chelsea Manning is expected soon.
Image adapted from: “Free Radical: Chelsea Manning with Vogue’s Sally Singer” by Fredrik Lundhag is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0