Chelsea Manning, an activist and former intelligence analyst for the United States Army who was convicted by court-martial for violating the Espionage Act, was jailed for refusing to testify to a grand jury that was investigating WikiLeaks.

On Friday, after Manning told U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton she would not testify and “will accept whatever you bring upon me,” he ordered her to jail, according to the Associated Press. Hilton said she will remain in jail until she agrees to testify or until the grand jury concludes its work.

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chelsea manning court judge jail time Former American soldier and whistleblower Chelsea Manning poses during a photo call outside the Institute Of Contemporary Arts (ICA) ahead of a Q&A event on October 1, 2018, in London. On Friday, Manning was ordered to jail after refusing to testify before a grand jury. Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The day before Manning was ordered to jail, she posted an update about the situation on Twitter. She explained she would return to federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, for a closed contempt hearing. During the hearing, the judge would weigh the legality of her refusal to answer questions before the grand jury. If found in contempt, Manning acknowledged she could be ordered to jail.

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“In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles,” Manning said. “I will exhaust every legal remedy available. My legal team continues to challenge the secrecy of these proceedings, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my refusal.”

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She also shared that during a secret grand jury on Wednesday, she responded to every question with, “I object to the question and refuse to answer on the grounds that the questions is in violation of my First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment, and other statutory rights.”​


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