The Release of Chelsea Manning – Global Research

16-03-20 12:06:00,

Chelsea Manning’s release last Thursday by order of Virginia District Court judge Anthony Trenga had an air of oddness to it.  “The court finds Ms. Manning’s appearance before the Grand Jury is no longer needed, in light of which her detention no longer serves any coercive purpose.”

Her detention had never served any coercive purpose as such – she remained unwilling to testify before an institution she questions as dangerous, secretive and oppressive.  She steadfastly refused to answer any questions relating to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.  What her detention has done is disturb her health and constitute an act of State harassment that ranks high in the annals of abuses of power.

In March 2019, the former military analyst was summoned to appear and give testimony to the Grand Jury convened in the Eastern District of Virginia.  As the New York Times put it at the time, “there were multiple reasons to believe that the subpoena [forcing Manning to testify] is related to the investigation of Mr Assange.”  She challenged the legitimacy of the subpoena, though lost and was held for contempt.  Having already been court martialled and sentenced, Manning saw little need having to go through another round of ear bashing interrogations.  “Chelsea,” submitted her support committee in a statement, “gave voluminous testimony during her court martial.  She has stood by the truth of her prior statements, and there is no legitimate purpose to having her rehash them before a hostile grand jury.”

In May that year, Manning was granted one week of freedom until the next grand jury was convened.  Again, she was found to be in civil contempt and remanded “to the custody of the Attorney General until such time as she purges herself of contempt or for the life of the Grand Jury”.  Her refusal to purge herself of contempt after 30 days duly incurred a fine of $500 per day, an amount that was increased to $1,000 after 60 days.

As Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment noted at the time, such limitations on Manning’s liberty did “not constitute a circumscribed sanction for a specific offence,

 » Lees verder

Chelsea Manning Supporters Raise A Quarter Million Dollars In Two Days

15-03-20 09:54:00,

In the likely event that you need some news to give you a bit of faith in humanity today, you should know that supporters of whistleblower Chelsea Manning have raised over a quarter million dollars to pay the cruel, draconian fine that was heaped upon her for her principled stand against testifying at corrupt secret grand jury proceedings.

In just two days after Manning was released from prison, more than six thousand donors banded together to pay off the $258,000 fine assigned at a thousand dollars a day by a federal judge on top of imprisonment to coerce her to testify. Fundraising was so enthusiastic that it had overshot the goal and reached $267,002 before the GoFundMe was closed.

Those of us who support Manning have been looking at this more as a fine on us than on her, because of course we were never going to let a heroic whistleblower spend the rest of her life under crushing debt. The fact that the money came together so quickly and easily, though, says a lot about the beauty of humans in my opinion.

Now we are shifting to raise funds so @xychelsea can get back on her feet and thrive. This means paying for the storage for all her belongings this past year, and raising funds for rent and utilities. You can find this fundraiser here: https://t.co/sIPhmPGxPk

Please Share!

— Kelly Wright (@anarchakelly) March 14, 2020

Now there’s a much humbler task of raising funds for Manning’s living expenses, which is a GoFundMe for a trust of $30,000. This fundraiser is just hours old and as of this writing it’s at $6,870, so we should have her set up with that in no time.

I am so in awe of all the wonderful people who’ve helped protect this legendary figure, both with their donations and with their efforts to draw attention to the fundraisers, from the stress and financial burden that this vicious regime tried to heap upon her. In times like this it’s very comforting to see the higher nature of human beings prevailing over sociopathy and authoritarianism.

So there’s your money, you disgusting imperialist pigs.

 » Lees verder

Chelsea Manning in Freiheit – mit Schulden von einer Viertelmillion Dollar

13-03-20 09:45:00,

Chelsea Manning auf der re:publica 2018. Bild: Gregor Fischer/re:publica/CC BY-SA-2.0

US-Whistleblowerin wurde überraschend aus Gefängnis entlassen. Für die Beugehaft soll sie selbst zahlen

Wenige Tage nach einem Suizidversuch ist die US-Whistleblowerin Chelsea Manning am Donnerstag überraschend aus der Beugehaft entlassen worden (Chelsea Manning erneut in Beugehaft, um Aussage gegen Assange zu erzwingen). US-Bundesrichter Anthony Trenga wies das Gefängnis in Alexandria, Virginia, an, die Informantin der Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks freizulassen.

Die richterliche Anweisung erfolgte parallel zur Entlassung einer umstrittenen Grand Jury, die in einem Geheimprozess mit dem Verfahren gegen WikiLeaks betraut war. Die Anwälte Mannings erhoben nun schwere Vorwürfe gegen die US-Justiz und forderten Entschädigung für ihre Klientin.

Während ihrer fast einjährigen Zeit im Gefängnis haben sich die Geldstrafen für die Whistleblowerin auf 256.000 US-Dollar addiert. Sie musste 30 Tage lang eine Geldstrafe von 500 US-Dollar pro Tag zahlen. Diese erhöhte sich bis zum Tag ihrer Freilassung auf 1.000 US-Dollar pro Tag. Richter Trenga weigerte sich, diese Geldbußen fallen zu lasen. Manning geht damit mit gut einer viertel Million US-Dollar Schulden in die Freiheit.

Im August hatte Trenga bereits betont, Manning sei in der Lage, die finanziellen Sanktionen des Gerichts zu erfüllen oder wird es nach ihrer Entlassung aus der Haft tun können: “Daher sind die verhängten Geldstrafen nicht so übertrieben, dass sie von diesen Sanktionen entlastet wird oder eher eine Strafe als eine Zwangsmaßnahme darstellt.”

Mannings Anwaltsteam kritisierte diese Haltung scharf. “Sie hat keine persönlichen Ersparnisse und sieht auf eine unterbrochene Erwerbsbiografie zurück, da ihre Karriere durch ihre Inhaftierung abrupt unterbrochen wurde”, hieß es von dieser Seite. Ihre wenigen Habseligkeiten habe sie in einem Lager untergebracht, da sie ihre Miete nicht mehr habe bezahlen können. Nach Angaben der Anwälte hat das Gericht nie eine Bewertung der finanziellen Lage Mannings vorgenommen, obgleich ihm die Finanzunterlagen der Whistleblowerin zur Verfügung gestellt worden waren.

Während Manning im Gefängnis saß, hatte der Sonderberichterstatter der Vereinten Nationen für Folter, Nils Melzer, die “Zwangsmaßnahmen” der US-Regierung gegen Manning scharf kritisiert.
(Christian Kliver)

 » Lees verder

Chelsea Manning uit gevangenis, maar pas ‘vrij’ als media haar massaal steunen, wat nog altijd niet gebeurt – DeWereldMorgen.be

13-03-20 07:13:00,

Na haar zelfmoordpoging en hospitalisatie besliste een rechter om Chelsea Manning vrij te laten “omdat haar getuigenis niet meer nodig was”. Een complete drogreden. Manning is niet bezweken aan de druk om een nieuwe getuigenis af te leggen tegen Julian Assange. De boete voor “misprijzen tegenover de rechtbank” van 255.000 dollar blijft. Alle journalisten die naam waardig, waar ook ter wereld, die nog bescherming van hun bronnen willen redden moeten haar nu steunen.

Een Amerikaanse rechter heeft de vrijlating bevolen van Chelsea Manning. De beweerde reden is dat “haar getuigenis niet langer nodig is”. Een jaar lang, onder druk van een dagelijkse boete van 1.000 dollar, heeft Manning niet toegegeven om te getuigen voor een ‘grand jury‘.

Een grand jury is in tegenstelling tot wat de term suggereert en wat de Amerikaanse regering pretendeert géén rechtbank. Ze wordt voorgezeten door vier aanklagers, niet door een rechter, vergadert volledig achter gesloten deuren en er is geen enkel recht op juridische bijstand door een advocaat en een totaal verbod op openbare uitspraken over de zaak waarover men wordt gehoord.

Een jaar geleden werd Chelsea Manning opgeroepen om te komen getuigen voor de grand jury die de zaak tegen Julian Assange behandelt. Manning weigerde categoriek om nog enige verklaring af te leggen en verwijst naar alle uitspraken die ze deed tijdens haar eigen proces. Toen kreeg ze een straf van 35 jaar, die later door een presidentieel pardon van Obama werd kwijtgescholden (een pardon is géén kwijtschelding van schuld, enkel van de straf).

Omdat Manning weigerde opnieuw te getuigen, werd zij door de voorzitter van de grand jury veroordeeld tot een detentie voor onbepaalde duur (juridisch is dit niet hetzelfde als gevangenisstraf) voor “misprijzen van de rechtsgang” en een dagelijkse boete van 1.000 dollar, zolang ze weigerde te getuigen.

Klokkenluider uit vrije wil

Tijdens haar eigen proces heeft Manning altijd gesteld uit eigen beweging ongeveer 750.000 geheime documenten te hebben overgedragen aan WikiLeaks. De nieuwe grand jury poogde haar er toe te brengen nu te verklaren dat zij dit deed op vraag van WikiLeaks. Volgens deze redenering zou WikiLeaks hebben “samengewerkt” met Manning om de toegangscodes tot die documenten te breken. Als Manning dit zou getuigen, kan Assange worden veroordeeld voor “aanzetten tot spionage”.

 » Lees verder

Chelsea Manning Hospitalized After Reported Suicide Attempt – Global Research

12-03-20 02:48:00,

Manning was unlawfully imprisoned last March (again in May after briefly released) for invoking her constitutional right of silence — refusing to give grand jury testimony to aid the Trump regime’s attempted crucifixion of Julian Assange.

For the past year and during her earlier 7-year (2010 – 2017) ordeal for revealing information about US high crimes of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, her First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eight Amendment rights were violated.

Scheduled to appear in Alexandria, VA federal court Friday for a hearing on a petition to end her punitive incarceration, a statement by Alexandria sheriff Dana Lawhorne said the following on Wednesday:

“There was an incident at approximately 12:11 p.m. today at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center involving inmate Chelsea Manning. It was handled appropriately by our professional staff and Ms. Manning is safe.”

Spokesman for Manning’s legal team attorney Andy Stepanian she’s “still scheduled to appear on Friday for a previously-calendared hearing, at which Judge Anthony Trenga will rule on a motion to terminate the civil contempt sanctions stemming from her (March and) May 2019 refusal to give testimony before a grand jury investigating the publication of her 2010 disclosures,” adding:

“Her actions today evidence the strength of her convictions, as well as the profound harm she continues to suffer as a result of her ‘civil’ confinement — a coercive practice that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, recently said violates international law.”

She “remains unwavering in her refusal to participate in a secret grand jury process that she sees as highly susceptible to abuse.”

Her lawyers reported her suicide attempt with no further elaboration, saying she “previously indicated that she will not betray her principles, even at risk of grave harm to herself.”

According to London’s Daily Mail,  Manning “attempted suicide inside her Virginia jail cell and was resuscitated by prison guards,” adding:

She “tried to hang herself with a sheet…(F)ound about 1pm (Wednesday, she) had a pulse (and) was breathing while en route to the hospital.”

“A jail deputy discovered her while conducting a check in the special housing unit where Chelsea is being housed,’ a source told DailyMail.com.”

“They found her with a sheet around her neck.

 » Lees verder