A secret trial against a source for refusing to testify against a journalist – Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify on WikiLeaks and Assange. Whistleblowers are now being forced to testify against journalists and sent to jail when they don’t cooperate.
This is America, 2019: A secret trial against a source for refusing to testify against a journalist
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 7, 2019
News today on Chelsea Manning
Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning was jailed on Friday after refusing to answer questions from a federal grand jury in Virginia looking into the release of documents to WikiLeaks.
U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton told Manning that she would remain in federal custody “until she purges or the end of the life of the grand jury,” a statement from her representatives said.
Earlier in the day, Manning told reporters that she was prepared to go to jail following the closed contempt hearing over her resistance to provide testimony because she doesn’t believe in the grand jury process.
On Wednesday, Manning appeared before the same grand jury, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, but refused to answer any questions.
“I responded to each question with the following statement: ‘I object to the question and refuse to answer on the grounds that the question is in violation of my First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment, and other statutory rights,” Manning said in a statement.
The fate of Julian Assange remains uncertain.