Chelsea Manning Was Just Released From Jail. Here's What Happens Next

Chelsea Manning Was Just Released From Jail. Here's What Happens Next

"This means she is expected to appear before a different grand jury, on Thursday, May 16", Sparrow Project quoted Manning's legal team as saying.

She will be sent to jail again if she continues to refuse to talk to the grand jury. Those revelations sparked court martial proceedings against her and, more recently, culminated in criminal charges against Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' controversial founder. Shortly after being taken into custody in March, U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton insisted Manning would remain behind bars "until she purges" information regarding her role in the WikiLeaks scandal.

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Whistleblower and former United States army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning has been released from jail.

Manning, who served about seven years in prison for the massive leak, objected to the questioning in a grand jury appearance in March that was apparently part of a continued effort by federal prosecutors investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Manning was released Thursday afternoon, after the grand jury's term expired - but the U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District of Virginia has already subpoenaed her to appear before a new grand jury panel, according to a tweet from Manning's account.

She also said she was suffering disproportionately in jail because of physical problems related with inadequate follow-up care to gender-reassignment surgery. The Wikileaks founder declined voluntary extradition to the a recent court appearance in the United Kingdom.

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Assange, now jailed in London after seven years in asylum at Ecuador's British embassy, is accused of conspiring to help Manning break a password that would allow anonymous access to a Defense Department computer.

Earlier this week, Manning's lawyers filed court papers arguing that she should not be jailed for civil contempt because she has proven that she will stick to her principles and will not testify no matter how long she is jailed.

If a judge were to determine that incarcerating Ms Manning were punitive rather than coercive, she would not be jailed.

The leaker-turned-activist says her refusal to testify before a grand jury is an act of protest against the "entrapment and persecution (of) activists for protected political speech".

The U.S. government said Assange tried to help Manning gain access to a government computer.

She added, as she has before, that she does not believe anything she said would "provide any value to an investigation".

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