A judge has ordered Chelsea Manning, the noted Army Intelligence Specialist who leaked tens of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, back to prison after she refused to testify in a hearing.
Judge Claude Hilton handed down the sentence after a brief hearing in which Manning said she would not testify, and had already revealed all she knows about Wikileaks during her court-martial. She also said that she will accept whatever sentence the court imposes.
Lawyers for Manning begged Judge Hilton to sentence her to house arrest, as the medical needs for her transitioning require special attention. Hilton denied the request, leaving Manning’s care in the hands of US marshals. Manning will remain in jail until the conclusion of a grand jury investigating Wikileaks.
“In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles,”she said before the hearing. “I will exhaust every legal remedy available.”
Chelsea Manning, nee Bradley Manning, served as an Army Specialist in Iraq until her arrest in 2010. In 2013, a military court sentenced her to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information. President Barack Obama commuted her sentence just before he left office after she served seven years of her penalty.
Though it originally positioned itself as a transparency activist group, Wikileaks, the international intelligence group run by Julian Assange, has come under fire for hostile attacks on governments and individuals.
Founder Julian Assange faces criminal charges in the United States, as well as rape charges in Sweden. The organization is also accused of abetting Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in stealing and publishing emails from Hillary Clinton in order to sway the outcome of the election.