Chelsea Manning’s lawyers demand to set her free

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Chelsea Manning’s “support committee” claimed that she was being kept in her cell for to 22 hours a day, which they argued constituted as solitary confinement, according to CNN. The supporters insist that Ms Manning is not allowed to talk to other prisoners, to go for a walk (they claimed she had not been out for more than two weeks), to make phone calls and to use the library. If it is impossible to release her, then at least the attitude to her should be changed, they feel. US District Judge Claude Hilton ordered Manning into custody after she refused to testify before a grand jury investigating Wikileaks in Alexandria, Virginia on March 8, according to the Associated Press (AP). Manning, quoted in AP, told the judge in court that she “will accept whatever you bring upon me.” Before the hearing began, the former US soldier indicated that she would refuse to testify because she objects to the secrecy of the grand jury process. The official statement on the prison’s behalf reads that they don’t have solitary commitment at all and there is no practice of limiting inmates from social contacts and using facilities.

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