BREAKING: Chelsea Manning In Custody, Refused To Testify On Wikileaks
The admitted leaker and traitor, Chelsea Manning, can be found in police custody after refusing to testify on Wikileaks. Manning leaked top-secret and sensitive U.S. documents into the ether but was pardoned by Obama despite the seriousness of the crime.
Manning was jailed Friday after refusing to answer questions from a federal grand jury in Virginia looking into the release of documents to WikiLeaks.
U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton told Manning that he would remain in federal custody “until she purges or the end of the life of the grand jury,” a statement from her representatives said.
Manning told reporters earlier in the day that he was prepared to go to jail following the closed contempt hearing. On Wednesday, Manning appeared before the same grand jury, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, but refused to answer any questions.
A former soldier the then, Bradly Edward Manning, left base having illegally downloaded US military reports from both wars and unsure of how he would use the information, collected after spending hours as an intelligence official watching night-vision video and reading battle reports.
There’s no doubt Pte Manning’s actions attracted worldwide attention, but he denies he was driven by a desire for fame. Prosecutors describe Pte Manning as self-interested and calculated and say he wasn’t a troubled and naive soldier, as the defense has said.
As an intelligence officer in Iraq, he was given training on how to handle classified information, using sophisticated software, BBC reported.
When US Navy Seals raided Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, they discovered among his belongings digital copies of documents leaked by Pte Manning. But Obama pardoned him? The case was considered the largest-ever leak of secret US government documents.
Of course the judge is holding him. You don’t get to leak top-secret and sensitive documents into enemy hands and avoid all lines of questioning. Then again, as seen in recent past, Manning really believes he is the exception to the rules.
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