The Latest: Chelsea Manning ordered back to jail
The Latest on Chelsea Manning‘s refusal to testify before a grand jury investigating Wikileaks (all times local):
Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been sent to jail – again – for refusing to testify to a grand jury.
A judge on Thursday ordered Manning back to the Alexandria Detention Center until she agrees to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks or until the grand jury term expires in 18 months.
Manning has already served two months in jail but was released last week when that grand jury term expired.
Manning has said she objects to grand juries in principle. Judge Anthony Trenga was not impressed with her rationale and said that jail time may cause her to reflect differently on the issue.
Manning told the judge that she would “rather starve to death” than change her opinion.
Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning says she’ll stay in jail “forever” rather than testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks.
Manning spoke to reporters Thursday afternoon outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria before a scheduled hearing.
She faces possible jail on civil contempt for refusing to obey a grand jury subpoena. She already spent two months in jail on a previous subpoena but was released last week when the term of that grand jury expired.
Manning argues that she should not be sent to jail because she has already demonstrated that incarceration won’t coerce her into testifying.
She served seven years in a military prison for leaking a trove of documents to WikiLeaks before then-President Barack Obama commuted the remainder of her 35-year sentence.