UPDATED 9:30 AM PT — Monday, May 13, 2019
Former U.S. Army intelligence whistleblower Chelsea Manning is not planning to cooperate with any grand jury investigations.
This comes after she resisted a subpoena to appear before a grand jury inquiry earlier this week, which expired on May 9th.
Investigators are seeking answers into her leaking of confidential government and military secrets to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2010, which landed her seven-years in jail.
Manning recently took her protests to YouTube and voiced her opposition against what she calls a “secret process.”
“Prosecutors run grand juries behind closed doors and in secret, without a judge present…the law requires that civil contempt only be used to coerce witnesses to testify,” she stated. “As I cannot be coerced, it instead exists as an additional punishment on top of the seven-years I have already served.”
Manning’s refusal to testify has already led her to serve a two-month stint at a Virginia detention facility, which she was released from last week. However, this hasn’t deterred her opposition amid another subpoena demanding she testify before a grand jury later this week.
It’s unclear if Manning’s refusal to testify a second time, which appears likely, will land her back in jail.
Meanwhile, Assange remains in the custody of U.K. authorities, while the U.S. works to extradite him to face computer crimes charges.