Chelsea Manning is jailed again

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US District Judge Claude Hilton ordered the transgender activist Chelsea Manning into custody after she refused to testify before a grand jury investigating Wikileaks in Alexandria, Virginia on March 8th, AP reports. The judge ruled that Miss Manning would be set free if she decided to testify, but as she refuses to do it, she will be in prison until the grand jury completes its investigation. Manning, quoted in AP, told the judge in court that she “will accept whatever you bring upon me,” but she still would not give any testimony because she objects to the secrecy of the process. “These secret proceedings tend to favor the government,” Manning told reporters outside of the court, as The Washington Post reported. She added: “I’m always willing to explain things publicly.” Her attorney, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, told The Washington Post that sending Miss Manning back to prison would be tremendously cruel. Prosecutor Tracy McCormick responded to concerns over Manning’s medical wellbeing and safety behind bars by saying that the jail and the marshals had given assurances to the government that her needs would be met and she still believes Manning would change her mind and testify.

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