Chelsea Manning has been taken into custody after refusing to testify against Assange to a secret grand jury. She will be held until she changes her mind (which she has vowed not to) or until the grand jury term is over, which could be up to 18 months.
Ahead of the hearing, News2Share’s Ford Fischer asked Manning what she thinks of these hearings being conducted in secret with no press or the public allowed in.
“I have a history of having to deal with secrecy and a lot of these sort of secret proceedings. They tend to favor the government,” she told News2Share.
“Chelsea has tremendous courage. Our primary concern at this point is her health while she’s confined,” Manning’s attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen said on the way out.
On Tuesday, Manning had her first of three hearings pertaining to the subpoena. She filed a motion to quash the subpoena which was denied, and a second to allow the press into the hearing, which was deferred. Outside, a coalition of anti-fascist and anti-racist activists expressed their support for her and their disdain for the grand jury process.
On Wednesday, Manning responded to every question by asserting her 1st, 4th, and 6th amendment constitutional rights. Her 5th amendment right was considered to be void because she was offered immunity for her testimony by the government.
tomorrow i’m facing a sealed contempt hearing for refusing to testify at a secret grand jury over my 2010 disclosures
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) March 7, 2019