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Defiant Chelsea Manning Sent Back to Jail for Refusing to Testify About WikiLeaks

HeadlineMay 17, 2019

And a federal judge in Virginia has sent U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning back to prison after she refused a second subpoena ordering her to testify to a grand jury. The order came just one week after Manning was freed after spending 62 days behind bars for refusing to testify about her leak of hundreds of thousands of secret State Department and Pentagon documents to WikiLeaks—including evidence of U.S. war crimes. This is Chelsea Manning speaking just before she was taken into federal custody.

Chelsea Manning: “Jails and prisons exist as a dark institution. And despite that, it doesn’t frighten me or disturb me. I mean, I’ve already been to jail. I’ve already been to prison. So, attempting to coerce me with a grand jury subpoena is just not going to work.”

Manning faces up to 18 additional months in prison and could be fined up to $1,000 a day while she refuses to testify.

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