Ex-Army an­a­lyst in jail for re­fus­ing to testify

The News-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

For­mer Army in­tel­li­gence an­a­lyst Chelsea Manning was or­dered back to jail Thurs­day for re­fus­ing to testify to a grand jury, even af­ter telling a judge she’d rather “starve to death” than co­op­er­ate with pros­e­cu­tors.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge An­thony Trenga or­dered her to re­main in­car­cer­ated at the Alexandria, Va., jail ei­ther un­til she agrees to testify or un­til the grand jury’s term ex­pires in 18 months. He also im­posed fines that will kick in at $500 a day af­ter 30 days and $1,000 a day af­ter 60 days.

Manning al­ready spent two months in jail for re­fus­ing a pre­vi­ous sub­poena to testify to a grand jury in­ves­ti­gat­ing Wik­ileaks. She was re­leased last week when that grand jury’s term ex­pired, but pros­e­cu­tors quickly hit her with a new sub­poena to testify to a new grand jury.

Manning has of­fered mul­ti­ple rea­sons for re­fus­ing to testify, but fun­da­men­tally says she con­sid­ers the whole grand jury process to be un­ac­cept­able.

Trenga was unim­pressed with her ra­tio­nale and noted that grand ju­ries are em­bed­ded in the Con­sti­tu­tion.

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