MAN­NING WILL NEVER TES­TIFY

The Sudbury Star - - WORLD -

For­mer Army in­tel­li­gence an­a­lyst Chelsea Man­ning said in a new le­gal mo­tion that she will never tes­tify to a grand jury in Vir­ginia in­ves­ti­gat­ing the web­site Wik­iLeaks, and it there­fore makes no sense to con­tinue to keep her in jail for re­fus­ing to do so. Man­ning has been jailed for two months for re­fus­ing to tes­tify to the sit­ting grand jury. She ap­pealed her in­car­cer­a­tion to the fed­eral ap­peals court in Rich­mond, Va., but a three-judge panel unan­i­mously re­jected her ap­peal last month. Now, in a mo­tion filed Mon­day in Alexan­dria, Man­ning ar­gues she has proven she’ll stick to her prin­ci­ples and should there­fore be re­leased. Fed­eral law only al­lows a witness to be jailed on civil con­tempt if there’s a chance that the in­car­cer­a­tion will co­erce the witness into tes­ti­fy­ing. Man­ning served seven years in a mil­i­tary prison for leaking doc­u­ments to Wik­iLeaks.

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