Chelsea Manning Freed, but Maybe Not for Long

She has been ordered to appear before a new grand jury May 17
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2019 12:58 AM CDT
Chelsea Manning Freed After 62 Days
In this May 2, 2018 photo, Chelsea Manning attends a discussion at the media convention "Republica" in Berlin.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Chelsea Manning has been freed after 62 days in jail—but she might be returning soon. Manning was sent to jail for contempt of court in March for refusing to testify in front of a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Her lawyers say that grand jury's term has now expired, but Manning has been ordered to appear before a different grand jury on May 17, Gizmodo reports. "Chelsea will continue to refuse to answer questions, and will use every available legal defense to prove ... that she has just cause for her refusal to give testimony." her lawyers said in a statement, per the BBC.

When he sent her to jail in March, US District Judge Claude Hilton warned Manning that she would be held "until she purges." The former soldier was held in the women's wing of the federal detention center in Alexandria, Va. At a hearing in March, Manning said she wouldn't testify because she had already supplied everything she knew about WikiLeaks during her 2013 court martial, and because she was against the "secret proceedings" of the grand jury. She said grand juries have been used to "entrap and persecute activists for protected political speech." (More Chelsea Manning stories.)

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