Whistleblower Chelsea Manning released from jail after two months

Wikileaks whistleblower has been released from a US jail after being held in custody for two months over contempt of court charges.

Manning was released after 62 days, the maximum period she could be held after refusing to give testimony to a grand jury. Manning will have to return to the grand jury on 18th May.

Manning has been detained since March when she refused to give testimony to the USA’s ongoing investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Since Mannings imprisonment began Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London, and is expected to eventually be deported to the USA where he is accused of working with Manning to gain access to hundreds of thousands of classified documents relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently serving a 12 month sentence in Britain.

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, has already been found guilty of stealing the documents. She has already served years in prison for leaking one of the largest collections of classified documents in U.S. history.

She was released from prison in 2017 after President Barack Obama commuted the majority of her 35 year sentence.  While in prison Manning underwent gender transition.

Manning has refused to testify to the grand jury, her lawyers argue that she has already provided a full testimony in her previous trial.

OIP Staff