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Former Army Intelligence Analyst, Chelsea Manning Jailed For Refusing To Testify About WikiLeaks

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been jailed for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks.

U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton ordered Manning to jail Friday after a brief hearing in which Manning confirmed she has no intention of testifying. She told the judge she “will accept whatever you bring upon me.”

Most of the hearing at which prosecutors argued for Manning to be held in contempt was sealed, but the court was open to the public for Judge Claude M. Hilton’s ruling.

“I’ve found you in contempt,” Hilton said. He ordered her to custody immediately, “either until you purge yourself or the end of the life of the grand jury.”

Manning was called to testify in an investigation into WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website she shared classified documents with back in 2010.

Manning served seven years of a 35 year prison sentence for her leak before receiving a commutation from President Barack Obama.

Manning has said she objects to the secrecy of the grand jury process, and that she already revealed everything she knows at her court-martial.

The judge said she will remain jailed until she testifies or until the grand jury concludes its work.

Manning’s lawyers had asked that she be sent to home confinement instead of the jail, because of medical complications she faces.

Manning’s attorney, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, said it would be “an act of tremendous cruelty” to send the transgender ex-private to jail given medical and safety concerns.

Prosecutor Tracy McCormick said the jail has experience handling both transgender inmates and public figures.

The judge said U.S. Marshals can handle her medical care.

WikiLeaks’s founder, Julian Assange, has been charged in a case that remains under seal but was inadvertently exposed by prosecutors late last year. He is currently in asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

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