Ex US Army intelligence analyst and Wikilieaks source, Chelsea Manning faces possible jail term if she disobeys a new U.S. grand jury subpoena.
Manning, was just released from a 62 day prison term on Thursday after she refused to comply with a grand jury subpoena to testify in an investigation into Wikileaks by U.S. prosecutors in Alexandria, a city in Virginia.
After Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks was sentensed to a 50-week jail term for violating the terms of a bail agreement more than four years ago, the U.S. federal prosecutors are now focusing on charges against him prior to seeking asylum in 2012 at the Ecuadorian embassy.
After the first grand jury expired, Manning was immediately summoned before a new grand jury on May 16. Law enforcement have confirmed that if Manning refuses to comply and testify, she may likely end up in jail again for contempt at the request of prosecutors.
Manning previously appeared in a YouTube video in which she made known her intention to refuse to cooperate saying “When I arrive at the court house this coming Thursday, what happened last time will occur again.” She said she will refuse to cooperate with the current grand jury or any other in future.
In 2013, Manning was court martialled and convicted of espionage for unauthorized release of at least 700,000 documents and other materials to Wikileaks while serving as an intelligence office in Iraq during President Barrack Obama administration. Obama commuted her final 28 years out of 35 year jail term shortly before he exited office.
Julian Assange after falling out with the current administration of the Ecuadorean nation was booted out of the embassy and was shortly arraigned and jailed in Britain after seven years fighting extradition while seeking asylum in the embassy. The United States has recently re-opened a case for Assange’s extradition to the United States which Assange plans to fight.
Sweden has also re-opened a rape case against the Wikileaks founder and is seeking Assange’s extradition from the United Kingdom.
After publishing a classified United States military video which showed an attack by the United States’ Apache helicopters in Iraq in 2007 which claimed the lives of a dozen individiuals and killed two Reuters staff, the United States government have accused Assange of trying to assist Manning to gain access to a restricted government computer. It is yet unclear whether Assange’ efforts helped in the successful breach of a U.S. government systems.