Manning, who divulged huge quantities of knowledge to WikiLeaks, had her sentence commuted Tuesday by President Obama.
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Chelsea Manning, the previous U.S. Military intelligence analyst who spent 4 years in jail for offering categorized info to WikiLeaks, may face extra time in jail if she refuses to cooperate Thursday with an investigation associated to the anti-secrecy group.
Manning’s attorneys have requested U.S. District Decide Claude Hilton in Alexandria, Virginia to quash a subpoena that might power her to testify earlier than a federal grand jury. Her attorneys are additionally asking the choose to order the federal government to reveal whether or not the federal government carried out digital surveillance of her.
Manning is scheduled to seem earlier than the grand jury at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday.
She was jailed for contempt in March after she refused to testify earlier than the grand jury, saying she’s towards the inquiry and she or he had already offered the federal government “intensive testimony” throughout her prosecution six years in the past. She was released final week after the grand jury’s time period expired.
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Manning’s attorneys had beforehand declined to say what info the federal government is searching for. However final 12 months, federal prosecutors in the identical federal district court docket inadvertently disclosed in court docket paperwork that felony prices had been filed beneath seal towards WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The indictment towards Assange was filed beneath seal in March 2018 and was made public final month, when Assange was arrested to face a conspiracy cost in the US. Prosecutors alleged that Assange conspired with Manning to steal and publish a big cache of top-secret recordsdata from navy computer systems. They mentioned Assange helped Manning crack a password to entry a Pentagon laptop system.
Manning’s attorneys argued of their assertion that compelling her to testify earlier than the grand jury is not lawful, saying grand juries are supposed just for investigative functions and to not put together for trial within the pending felony case towards Assange.
Complicating the U.S. effort to attempt Assange is a separate prosecution in Sweden, the place investigators have reopened a rape case over an incident that allegedly occurred 10 years in the past. Authorities in Sweden have additionally sought extradition.
Assange’s arrest final month got here after practically seven years of self-imposed exile contained in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. He was forcibly taken into custody after Ecuadorian officers revoked his political asylum. The 47-year-old Australian nationwide sought asylum within the embassy in 2012 to keep away from extradition to Sweden, the place he was wished for questioning within the rape case.
Manning’s case has attracted heightened consideration due to her standing as a transgender soldier. She was sentenced to 35 years in jail in 2013 for her position in leaking a cache of categorized authorities materials to WikiLeaks. On the time, she was referred to as Bradley Manning. President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in 2017.
Contributing: Kevin Johnson, Bart Jansen and Kim Hjelmgaard
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