US judge frees Chelsea Manning has been released from prison

US judge frees Chelsea Manning has been released from prison
Chelsea Manning tried to take her life on Wednesday. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times, Virginia: Wikileaks source and former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been released from prison, who has been incarcerated since May for refusing to testify to a grand jury.

On Friday, She was scheduled to appear in court, but District Judge Anthony Trenga ruled that it was no longer necessary for her to testify.

She had been held in a detention center in Virginia since last May and was remanded for refusing to testify in an inquiry into Wikileaks.

Chelsea Manning was found guilty in 2013 of charges including espionage for leaking secret military files to Wikileaks.

She accrued more than $250,000 (£198,000) in fines for refusing to co-operate with the inquiry. Her legal team urged the court the vacate the money but the court denied that saying they must be paid in full.

The 32-year-old refused to answer further questions about Wikileaks from investigators because she claimed she had already given her testimony during her 2013 trial.

Manning’s legal team said on Wednesday that she attempted suicide in the jail and was recovering in hospital. Her release order came on Thursday shortly after the claim.

On Wednesday afternoon, police confirmed there was “an incident” involving Manning at the detention center in Virginia, but police said the situation was handled appropriately by their professional staff and she is safe.

In 2010, Manning stormed the American government by leaking hundreds of thousands of secret US military files relating to the Afghan war to Wikileaks and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors had maintained that Manning can easily affect her own release by complying with the grand jury subpoena. They said she had the same duty to provide testimony that all citizens face.

Manning has said she believes grand juries, in general, are an abuse of power and that she would rather starve to death than testify.

But former President Barack Obama commuted the rest of her sentence in 2017.

US prosecutors have been investigating Wikileaks for several years.

Judge orders former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning released from jail

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