USA: Chelsea Manning continues to refuse to testify in Wikileaks case

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American whistleblower and former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning will not cooperate with the court which has called her to testify in a Wikileaks-related case, she told the press before appearing in court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Alexandria, on Thursday.

“I will not cooperate with this or any other grand jury,” she said. “Facing jail again, potentially today, doesn’t change my stance.”

Manning’s lawyers are expected to debate a motion to dismiss the subpoena calling for her to testify, which may be followed by a contempt hearing which could lead to her immediate return to jail.

She added, “I’ve already been to jail, I’ve already been to prison, so attempting to coerce me with a grand jury subpoena is not going to work.”

Manning was already jailed for contempt in March after refusing to testify before the grand jury, saying she had already provided “extensive testimony” in the court-martial against her six years earlier.

Manning served seven years of a military sentence for leaking US military and diplomatic documents to Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks organisation. Former US President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in 2017.

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