Opinion – Chelsea Manning Can Remain in Jail for Another Year, Judge Rules


10-08-19 06:09:00,

By Dell Cameron

August 08, 2019 “Information
Clearing House
” –  Chelsea Manning, a former Army
intelligence analyst-turned-whistleblower, may remain behind bars for up to
another year and face nearly a half-million dollars in fines over her ongoing
refusal to testify before a grand jury about her disclosure of classified
information to WikiLeaks.

A federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia on Monday

denied a motion
filed by Manning’s lawyers for a hearing requested to press
the court to reconsider its sanctions, which include jail time—not to exceed 18
months—and financial penalties that may ultimately total around $441,000.

“I am disappointed but not at all surprised. The government and the judge
must know by now that this doesn’t change my position one bit,” Manning said in
a statement to Gizmodo.

Manning, 31, was taken into custody in early March after declining to answer
questions before a grand jury concerning her past association with WikiLeaks,
the anti-secrecy organization founded by Julian Assange, who is currently
battling extradition to the U.S.

Assange faces an 18-count indictment, issued by U.S. Justice Department this
May, including

alleged violations of the Espionage Act
for publishing classified
information that Manning provided in 2010—including thousands of secret
diplomatic cables and battlefield reports—while she served as an Army
intelligent analyst in Iraq.

Manning has stated that she has

a moral objection to testifying before the grand jury
and that no amount of
jail time will compel her to testify. Legally, she can only be imprisoned as
part of an effort by the court to coerce her into testifying. Her time in jail
is not supposed to be punitive.

Her attorneys argue that she’s shown her resolve is unwavering and that the
sanctions are ineffective. Thus, her time in jail cannot be considered coercive,
an attempt to compel her testimony. U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga, however,
says he’s convinced otherwise. On Monday, he denied Manning’s attorneys the
opportunity to further argue their case before the court.

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Chelsea Manning: 400 Tage länger in Beugehaft und täglich 1.000 Dollar Strafe


08-08-19 11:31:00,

Seit dem 8. März dieses Jahres sitzt die Aktivistin und Whistleblowerin Chelsea Manning im Gefängnis und wird dort für mindestens 400 weitere Tage verbleiben müssen. Sie soll so lange in Beugehaft bleiben, bis sie gegen WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange aussagt oder die gesetzliche Grenze für Beugehaft erreicht ist.

Da sie nicht aussagt und nach Eigenaussage auch nie aussagen wird, muss sie zudem seit Mitte Juni eine tägliche Geldstrafe von 500 US-Dollar zahlen. Diese Strafhöhe stieg mit vergangenem Montag auf 1.000 Dollar.

„Zukünftige Einnahmen“ erwartet

Der zuständige US-Bundesrichter Anthony Trenga entschied am vergangenen Montag, dass Manning keine Anhörung über ihre finanziellen Möglichkeit, die Strafen zu bezahlen, gestattet wird. Manning bat um eine solche Anhörung, da sie nach Angabe ihrer anwaltlichen Vertretung nicht fähig ist, diese Strafe jemals zu bezahlen. Sie habe fast keine finanziellen Mittel und zuvor ihr Appartment verloren.

Trenga argumentierte in seiner Entscheidung, dass die Aktivistin entweder „nachgeben“ könnte oder nach Haftentlassung die finanziellen Kapazitäten besitzen würde. Sie würde „derzeitige und zukünftige Einnahmen“ haben, die sie dazu befähigen.

Repression gegen Whistleblower

Julian Assange wurde im April festgenommen und sitzt seit dem 1. Mai dieses Jahres ebenfalls in Haft. Er wurde zu 50 Wochen Freiheitstrafe verurteilt, nachdem eine britische Richterin befand, dass er seine Kautionsbedingungen nach dem Betreten der Ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London verletzte. Gegen Assange lief ein Verfahren wegen Vergewaltigung in Schweden. In der ecuadorianischen Botschaft verharrte er seit Juni 2012.

In Ecuador wurde am 11. April der Assange-Freund Ola Bini festgenommen. Er kam nach 71 Tagen im Gefängnis frei, darf das Land aber nicht verlassen.

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Chelsea Manning jailed for a YEAR for refusing to testify against Assange


08-08-19 10:07:00,

Refusal to testify against WikiLeaks is costing whistleblower Chelsea Manning over $400,000 in fines and another year in jail, after a federal judge ruled that she must pay for what he called contempt of court.

Manning was jailed for refusing the subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury seeking additional charges against WikiLeaks and its co-founder Julian Assange, currently imprisoned in the UK. To compel testimony, the government also fined the whistleblower $500 a day, going up to $1000 after 60 days. 

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Judge Anthony Trenga of the federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia shot down Manning’s motion to reconsider sanctions on Monday, the final chance to contest the steep fines. 

After a review of “a substantial number of financial records documenting her assets, liabilities, and current and future earnings,” the court found “that Ms. Manning has the ability to comply with the Court’s financial sanctions,” Trenga wrote in his ruling.

Though Manning is now deeply in debt and unable to work while in jail, the judge nonetheless concluded the fines were payable and therefore amounted to “coercive” sanctions allowed to compel cooperation or testimony, rather than being a purely punitive measure.

“I am disappointed but not at all surprised. The government and the judge must know by now that this doesn’t change my position one bit,” Manning said in response.

She insisted that the fines were in fact punitive, because her inability and unwillingness to pay rendered any “coercive” aspect moot. She has already spent 147 days behind bars and owes $38,000 in fines as of August 7. If she remains jailed for another year, Manning could end up owing $441,000 to the government.

Manning was the US Army intelligence analyst who in 2010 leaked the classified US military material to WikiLeaks, including the Afghan and Iraq war logs – hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, revealing thousands of unreported civilian casualties, as well as the Collateral Murder video, which depicts a pair of American helicopters gunning down a group of Iraqi journalists.

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Chelsea Manning is Now Being Fined $1,000 a Day for Grand Jury Resistance


17-07-19 08:06:00,

By Kevin Gosztola

On May 16, Judge Anthony Trenga held Manning in civil contempt and ordered her to be sent back to the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandria. The court also imposed a fine of $500 per day after 30 days, and then a fine of $1000 per day after 60 days.

From June 16 to July 15, the court fined her $500/day. Those fines total $15,000.

If Manning “persists in her refusal” for the next 15 months or until the grand jury’s term ends, her legal team says she will face a total amount of fines that is over $440,000. This excessive amount may violate her Eighth Amendment rights under the Constitution.

In May, Manning’s attorneys filed a motion challenging the harshness of the fines. The federal court has yet to rule on the motion or hold a hearing.

The motion asserted there is no “appropriate coercive sanction” because Manning will never testify. She should be released from jail and relieved of all fines.

“Ms. Manning has publicly articulated the moral basis for her refusal to comply with the grand jury subpoena, in statements to the press, in open court, and most recently, in a letter addressed to this court,” her attorneys stated. “She is suffering physically and psychologically, and is at the time of this writing in the process of losing her home as a result of her present confinement.”

“The government, and maybe the general public, think that I have access to resources just because I am a public figure but that’s just not true,” Manning previously declared. “Making money has never been my priority.”

She continued, “I do the work I do for the same reason I do everything—because I want to make a difference. Now, my work has been totally interrupted by my incarceration. I definitely feel the costs of these sanctions, but I never expected to have a comfortable life, and I would rather be in debt forever than betray my principles.”

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Chelsea Manning erneut in Beugehaft, um Aussage gegen Assange zu erzwingen


17-05-19 04:33:00,

Chelsea Manning. Bild: sparrowmedia.net

Manning weigert sich, in geheimen Grand-Jury-Sitzungen auszusagen, die US-Regierung und das Justizsystem wollen eine Aussage zur Anklageerhebung und Auslieferung von Assange erzwingen

In den USA wird massiver Druck auf Chelsea Manning ausgeübt, um sie zu einer Aussage zu zwingen, mit der Julian Assange belastet und eine Auslieferung begründet werden soll. Assange wurde am 11. April aus der ecuadorianischen Botschaft mit der Billigung der Regierung in Quito, die sich der Anti-Maduro-Lima-Gruppe angeschlossen hat, festgenommen (Festnahme von Assange aufgrund von US-Auslieferungsantrag). Er wurde am 1. Mai zu einer Haftstrafe von 50 Wochen verurteilt, weil er 2012 durch seine Flucht in die ecuadorianische Botschaft Kautionsauflagen verletzt habe. Möglich ist, dass Assange auch zuerst nach Schweden ausgeliefert wird, wo die Staatsanwaltschaft die Ermittlungen wegen möglicher Vergewaltigungsvorwürfen wieder aufgenommen hat. Vor Auslieferung wäre er aber auch dort nicht sicher.

Insgeheim wurde in den USA schon vor der Festnahme, die wahrscheinlich zwischen Washington und Großbritannien und Ecuador abgesprochen war, eine Anklageschrift ausgearbeitet. Da eine Anklage, auf die wie bei Spionage möglicherweise eine Todesstrafe steht, eine Auslieferung verhindert hätte, wurde der Vorwurf einer Verschwörung zum Hacken in geheim eingestufte Dokumente und Kommunikation ausgearbeitet, auf die bis zu 5 Jahre Haft stehen. Assange soll es Manning, damals Bradley Manning, in einer Verschwörung ermöglicht haben, mit dem Knacken eines Passworts in die geheimen Pentagonrechner einzudringen. Es ist damit zu rechnen, sollte Assange ausgeliefert werden, dass in den USA eine weitere Anklage nachgeschoben werden könnte.

Um die Verschwörung zu beweisen, müsste Manning Assange durch eine Aussage belasten. Manning, die zu 35 Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt wurde, kam aufgrund einer Amnestie durch Barack Obama frei, wurde. Schon am 8. März war sie vermutlich in Aussicht auf die bevorstehende Festnahme von Assange von einer Grand Jury in einer geschlossenen Sitzung zu Beugehaft verurteilt worden, weil sie nicht gegen Assange aussagen wollte. Im April hatte sie ihren Einspruch gegen die Beugehaft verloren und wurde schließlich am 10. Mai nach 63 Tagen, davon 23 Tagen in Isolationshaft, entlassen.

Am 5. Mai hatten Manning und ihre Rechtsanwältin Moira Meltzer-Cohen vor Gericht erklärt, dass Manning niemals aussagen werde. Gestern musste sie erneut vor einer Grand Jury aussagen und wurde umgehend vom Richter Anthony Trenga wieder zu Beugehaft verhaftet.

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Chelsea Manning und Julian Assange weiterhin in Gefängnissen der „westlichen Wertegemeinschaft“


25-04-19 08:49:00,

Die Whistleblowerin Chelsea Manning befindet sich seit gut sechs Wochen in Beugehaft (davon 28 Tage in Isolationshaft) in den USA und Julian Assange, der ihre brisanten Informationen vor 9 Jahren mittels Wikileaks und mehrerer großer Zeitungen veröffentlicht hat, muss sich in einem englischen Hochsicherheitsgefängnis gegen seine drohende Auslieferung an die USA wehren. Die Zeitungen, bei denen es sich u.a. um den SPIEGEL, den englischen Guardian und die New York Times handelt, halten sich im Falle von Manning und Assange auffällig zurück oder veröffentlichen Klatsch-Artikel über Assanges angebliches Benehmen in der Botschaft von Ecuador, bei dem sich das Lesen nur dahingehend lohnen könnte, um erneut zu erkennen, dass der Guardian als ein unabhängiges Medium ausgedient hat. Ein Bericht von Moritz Müller. Unser Bild zeigt zwei besorgte Mitbürger in Brüssel.

Andererseits findet man im Internet ausgesprochen informative Artikel wie diesen, der sich eingehender mit der Rolle der deutschen Medien und Politiker im Falle Assange befasst. Auch in diesem Artikel wird beschrieben, dass Chelsea Manning inhaftiert ist, während Folterer und Mörder weiterhin auf freiem Fuß sind und hohe Posten bekleiden. Es bleibt zu hoffen, dass weitere Journalisten aufwachen werden, weil sie merken, dass die derzeitigen Vorgänge um Chelsea Manning und Julian Assange auch mit ihrer eigenen Tätigkeit zu tun haben.

Die Mutter von Julian Assange twittert, dass es ihm seit seiner Festnahme nicht erlaubt war, im Gefängnis Besuch zu empfangen, auch nicht von seinen Rechtsanwälten. „Julian hatte eine Videokonferenz mit seinen Rechtsanwälten und sie werden ihn am 26. April im Belmarsh Gefängnis besuchen“ („Julian has had one video conference with his lawyers & they will visit him at Belmarsh Prison on April 26 Many …)“

Es erscheint mir äußerst unverhältnismäßig, dass jemand, der angeblich wegen des Verstoßes gegen Kautionsauflagen im Gefängnis sitzt, keinen Besuch empfangen darf. Ein Rechtsanwaltsbesuch sollte auch im Rechtsstaat Großbritannien Normalität sein und auch die noch andauernde EU-Mitgliedschaft sollte dem nicht im Wege stehen. Es bleibt abzuwarten, ob sich das Vereinigte Königreich im Falle eines Brexits, wenn es seine Geschicke in die eigene Hand nehmen könnte, auch mal von den USA emanzipiert. Bis jetzt ist noch nicht einmal ganz klar, ob die USA einen offiziellen Auslieferungsantrag gestellt haben.

Auch die schwedischen Behörden haben kein Auslieferungsverfahren in Gang gesetzt und wenn man Julian Assanges Aussage zu den Vorwürfen in der ausführlichen Version liest und bedenkt,

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Chelsea and Julian Are in Jail. History Trembles. – Global Research


12-04-19 06:51:00,

Tonight both Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange are in jail, both over offences related to the publication of materials specifying US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, and both charged with nothing else at all. No matter what bullshit political and MSM liars try to feed you, that is the simple truth. Manning and Assange are true heroes of our time, and are suffering for it.

If a Russian opposition politician were dragged out by armed police, and within three hours had been convicted on a political charge by a patently biased judge with no jury, with a lengthy jail sentence to follow, can you imagine the Western media reaction to that kind of kangaroo court? Yet that is exactly what just happened in London.

District Judge Michael Snow is a disgrace to the bench who deserves to be infamous well beyond his death. He displayed the most plain and open prejudice against Assange in the 15 minutes it took for him to hear the case and declare Assange guilty, in a fashion which makes the dictators’ courts I had witnessed, in Babangida’s Nigeria or Karimov’s Uzbekistan, look fair and reasonable, in comparison to the gross charade of justice conducted by Michael Snow.

One key fact gave away Snow’s enormous prejudice. Julian Assange said nothing during the whole brief proceedings, other than to say “Not guilty” twice, and to ask a one sentence question about why the charges were changed midway through this sham “trial”. Yet Judge Michael Snow condemned Assange as “narcissistic”. There was nothing that happened in Snow’s brief court hearing that could conceivably have given rise to that opinion. It was plainly something he brought with him into the courtroom, and had read or heard in the mainstream media or picked up in his club. It was in short the very definition of prejudice, and “Judge” Michael Snow and his summary judgement is a total disgrace.

We wrapped up the final Wikileaks and legal team meeting at 21.45 tonight and thereafter Kristian Hrafnsson and I had dinner together. The whole team, including Julian, is energised rather than downhearted. At last there is no more hiding for the pretend liberals behind ludicrous Swedish allegations or bail jumping allegations, and the true motive – revenge for the Chelsea Manning revelations – is now completely in the open.

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An Open Letter to Chelsea Manning: A Free Woman in an American Prison – Global Research


05-04-19 12:16:00,

“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity.” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beyond Vietnam.” Riverside Church, April 4, 1967


Dear Chelsea,

Do not lose heart, for as a prisoner of conscience, your inspirational witness sustains so many of your less free brothers and sisters on the outside.  Our hearts and hands reach out to you with love and thanksgiving.  Your courage is contagious, or so I hope, for it resonates in the soul of every person who senses the meaning of the power of individual conscience to oppose state violence and the beauty of those who will not betray a comrade, who will not deliver the Judas kiss demanded by the killers, as you will not betray your brave brother, Julian Assange, also held under lock and key for the “crime” of revealing the truth.

You remind me of another young woman from long ago and far away whose bravery in the face of radical evil is celebrated today as a sign of hope in dark times.  She is Sophie Scholl, the young German college student who, like you, was arrested for releasing documents exposing state atrocities, who, like you, was prompted by a higher power, by her conscience, who, like you, was arrested for releasing documents exposing such crimes against humanity, in her case those of Hitler.

Little seems to change over the years, doesn’t it? The killers go on killing, from Golgotha in ancient Jerusalem to Hitler’s Germany to Vietnam and Iraq and on to Palestine and Syria today.  Why bother with the list.  History is a litany of bloodbaths.  Where does it all go, this blood?  Does the good earth soak it up?

But in all the darkness, certain lonely voices of resistance have kept the lighted chain of faith alive.  You stand in that line, a living embodiment of a faithful non-violent warrior.  So does Julian.

I am writing this epistle to you on 4 April,

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Chelsea Manning off to jail: Mainstream media would care if this was Russia


09-03-19 10:08:00,

Does the American media care that a whistleblower was hauled off to jail for refusing to testify to a secret grand jury? Not really. After all, there’s ‘Russian collusion’ to chase.

Manning was placed in custody on Friday for contempt of court after refusing to testify in front a grand jury in a closed hearing regarding her disclosure of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I will not participate in a secret process that I morally object to, particularly one that has historically been used to entrap and persecute activists for political speech,” Manning said in a statement.

Her silence saw her thrown back in jail, where she will remain until she either changes her mind and testifies, or until “the end of the life of the grand jury,” Judge Claude M. Hilton ruled.

** Chelsea was taken into custody today for resisting a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia

Chelsea provided the following statement: pic.twitter.com/tWjEOFyhYn

— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) March 8, 2019

Manning is constitutionally protected against double jeopardy – being charged for the same crime twice – and has been granted immunity for her testimony. However, this immunity removes her constitutional right to remain silent. Furthermore, jurors in a grand jury are not screened for personal biases, no defense attorneys are present, and indictments can be issued without evidence.

In a story raising questions of press freedom, government secrecy, and whistleblowers’ rights, one would expect the media to at least have an interest. Not in this case. Manning’s imprisonment was briefly mentioned by most media outlets as a passing news story, and none questioned the problems the grand jury system could cause for other activists and whistleblowers.

Some independent and alternative journalists did, however, question the lack of coverage.

“If Chelsea Manning changed her name to ‘Pussy Riot’ and her location to ‘Russia,’ we might hear some outrage from official Washington and the Beltway press corps that claims to care so much about press freedom,” independent journalist Max Blumenthal raged on Twitter.

If Chelsea Manning changed her name to “Pussy Riot” and her location to “Russia,”

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Editor’s Note: Manning has since been taken into police custody.

Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning expressed no regrets Thursday when she revealed that she faces a contempt hearing — and possible jail time — after declining to answer a grand jury’s questions.

Manning appeared before a grand jury Wednesday after being subpoenaed, apparently to discuss her 2010 disclosure of government and military documents about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to Wikileaks.

The subpoena came about three months after federal prosecutors in Virginia’s Eastern District, where the former Army intelligence analyst was called to testify, inadvertently revealed that they had filed sealed charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

She said after the hearing that she had been offered immunity in exchange for testifying, but that she instead had answered each question with the following statement:

I object to the question and refuse to answer on the grounds that the question is in violation of my First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment, and other statutory rights.

“In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles,” Manning said after the hearing. “I will exhaust every legal remedy available. My legal team continues to challenge the secrecy of these proceedings, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my refusal.”

tomorrow i’m facing a sealed contempt hearing for refusing to testify at a secret grand jury over my 2010 disclosures

statement: pic.twitter.com/M1uhssUzXh

— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) March 7, 2019

Manning said the grand jury questioned her about her disclosure to Wikileaks, which was also the focus of her questioning in 2013 when she was court-martialed.

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