Chelsea Manning has been ordered back to jail.
Manning was released from jail only 8 days ago for refusing to testify to a grand jury. On Thursday, she was called back to court and once again declined. She previously served 62 days
Ahead of the hearing, News2Share asked Manning why the government is even going ahead with this process knowing that she’ll never testify.
She explained that the government’s “goal here is really to relitigate the court-martial” for which she already served 7 years.
One reporter asked about the case against Julian Assange. Manning says she’s read the indictment and affidavit and concludes that it’s a “bananas case.”
She adds grand juries are to get indictments, which they already have, so she is unclear why she’s been called to testify.
Manning’s lawyer Moira Meltzer-Cohen spoke out after the hearing, which lasted a couple of hours total. She expressed disappointment and said that this term of incarceration will be exactly as coercive as the last one – not at all. She believes the government is wrong to incarcerate Chelsea for testimony she’ll never give.
U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger spoke out as well: “As someone who received the incredible gift of a commutation, literally given 28 years of her life back, [Chelsea Manning] now refuses to simply answer questions as part of our constitutional criminal justice process.”