Chelsea Manning Released From Jail After Suicide Attempt
Alexandria, VA – A federal judge released convicted felon Chelsea Manning from jail on Thursday with the revelation that the grand jury had disbanded and no longer needed her testimony against Julian Assange.
“Ms. Manning’s appearance before the grand jury is no longer needed,” Judge Anthony J. Trenga of the Eastern District of Virginia wrote, according to The Washington Post. “Her detention no longer serves any coercive purpose.”
The judge released Manning a day after the former Army private made another suicide attempt in jail.
Despite objections from her attorneys, Trenga ordered Manning to pay the $256,000 in fines she accrued during the 11 months she was in contempt of court, NBC News reported.
Bradley Manning, who became Chelsea the day after she was sentenced, was a U.S. Army intelligence analyst who leaked massive amounts of American military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks.
The huge leak of government secrets led to political turmoil across the world and prompted many people to call for Manning’s execution for treason.
Manning, 32, was convicted of violations of the espionage acts in 2013, and sentenced to 35 years in prison.
But President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence shortly before he left office in January of 2017, and she was released four months later.
Manning served time in the men's prison at Fort Leavenworth. She had a rough time in prison, and twice tried to kill herself.
In September 2016, Manning went on a five-day hunger strike which ended when the Army agreed to provide her with gender change surgery.
Since her release, Manning has continued to publicly behave in an unstable manner.
Recently, Manning was called to testify before a grand jury investigating Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, and she refused.
Before she was jailed, Manning posted a statement on Twitter that said she would be facing “a sealed contempt hearing for refusing to testify at a secret grand jury over my 2010 disclosures.”
She said prosecutors had granted her immunity, but that she had already provided the information when she was court-martialed in 2013.
Manning wrote that she answered each question she was asked with "I object to the question and refuse to answer on the grounds that the question is in violation of my First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment, and other statutory rights.”
Not satisfied with the convicted traitor’s refusal to answer questions, U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton told Manning on Friday that she was in contempt, Business Insider reported.
Hilton ordered Manning jailed "either until you purge yourself or the end of the life of the grand jury."
"I don't believe in the grand jury process; I don't believe in the secrecy of this,” Manning announced before the ruling, according to Business Insider.
Grand juries have be known to run for a long as a year and a half, NBC News reported.
Her attorneys called Manning’s arrest "an act of tremendous cruelty,” Business Insider reported.
They said her history of mental health issues in prison should be considered, and that she had previously been mistreated as a transgender woman by the justice system.
However, the record showed that Manning’s mental health problems have continued outside of prison walls.
Police performed a welfare check on former Army analyst on May 27, 2018 after she posted two suicide threats on social media.
Montgomery County police received “several calls” from concerned parties who had read Manning’s tweets, Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks told The Intercept.
In her first tweet, the then-30-year-old transgender activist posted a picture of herself standing on the ledge of a building captioned with the words “im sorry.”
She followed that up with a more detailed tweet, The Washington Times reported.
I’m sorry - I tried - I’m sorry I let you all down. I’m not really cut out for this world - I tried adapting to this world out here but I failed you - I couldn’t do this anymore … I tried and I’m sorry about my failure.”
The tweets were quickly deleted, but not before people became very worried about her well-being.
After receiving calls from some of Manning’s Twitter followers, officers looked up her address and went to check on her.
When nobody answered her door, they appeared to gain entry to her apartment using a key provided by building management or another source to make sure she was not in need of medical care.
Instead of thanking the police officers for their efforts in tracking down the apartment address, Manning and her friends who called the police later complained about the officers’ entry into her apartment.