Chelsea Manning, after being free for a week, was jailed yet again on Thursday. Before she entered the courthouse where she would refuse yet again to testify about WikiLeaks to a grand jury, she spoke about her reasons.
Click here to watch the video and to demand that the prosecutor rescind the subpoena so that Chelsea can go free.
Chelsea Manning -- who, as punishment for her courageous whistleblowing, was locked up in sometimes brutal conditions for nearly seven years before her sentence was commuted -- continues to be targeted by U.S. prosecutors.
Just last week, Chelsea was released after 63 days in jail. She had refused to testify before a grand jury about her 2010 disclosures to WikiLeaks. Chelsea was released only because the grand jury expired. But now she is being subpoenaed to testify about the very same information before a different grand jury.
She has refused to answer the very same questions aimed at prosecuting, rather than rewarding and honoring, the exposure of egregious crimes and corruption.
Enough is enough! The U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Eastern District of Virginia can end this harassment by rescinding the subpoena. Click here to send that demand.
On Thursday, Chelsea took a principled stand, explaining to the judge: "The government cannot build a prison bad enough, cannot create a system worse than the idea that I would ever change my principles. I would rather starve to death than to change my opinions in this regard. I mean that quite literally."
Chelsea objects to -- and has made it clear that she will not cooperate with -- secret proceedings. Since further imprisonment will serve no coercive purpose, it has exceeded its lawful scope. The USAO’s hounding of Chelsea is an abuse of the grand jury process, designed to vindictively harass and retaliate against a courageous truth teller.
Click here to send a clear message.
Chelsea’s disclosures exposed the true nature of 21st-century asymmetric warfare and diplomacy. They served as the basis for stories in publications around the world, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, and Al Jazeera. For the "crime" of alerting the public to government misconduct, Chelsea spent more time in prison than anyone ever before had for leaking information to the media.
It’s time to Leave Chelsea Alone!
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