Chelsea Manning ordered to return to jail, says she’d ‘rather starve to death’ than testify

Former Army intelligence analyst and whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be sent to jail today, following the arrival of a new grand jury in an ongoing WikiLeaks case by which Manning was ordered to testify and refuse.

Manning spent 62 days in jail for the past two and a half months for his initial refusal, and only left last week for a technicality related to the expiration of the previous grand jury's term. Now, with a new grand jury for the case, which is under the US District Court. UU For the Eastern District of Virginia, United States District Judge Anthony Trenga has again found Manning in civil contempt for refusing to testify and says that more jail time can influence her. decision.

However, Manning insisted that spending more time in jail would not change his mind. This afternoon he told reporters that they were out of court this afternoon that he would prefer to "die of hunger" to reverse the course and participate in the trial, according to BuzzFeed News . "The government can not build a prison badly enough, it can not create a system worse than the idea that it would ever change my principles," he added. Manning has affirmed his right to remain silent, in part due to the federal government's insistence that parts of the WikiLeaks trial remain sealed and kept out of the public eye.

Manning may be out of jail again when a new trial period begins before a grand jury, but Tenga can also start imposing fines to force her to testify. Those fines could start at $ 500 per day and increase up to $ 1,000 per day after a period of 60 days, BuzzFeed reports. The deal itself is wrapped in secrecy, which is partly why Manning refuses to testify, and it is believed to be related to both the ongoing extradition of Assange to the United States after being arrested by the police British last month and potentially with the wider WikiLeaks operations over the past decade.

Manning's participation can be a tool to present more charges against Assange, who at this moment only faces a charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusions to help Manning access classified documents. But it is not clear at this time why exactly the government is seeking participation beyond its dealings with Assange in 2010, which eventually led to the leakage of records of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Manning was convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 for that act and sentenced to 35 years, for which he served seven years until the former president of the United States, Barack Obama, commuted his sentence two years ago.

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