A federal possess ordered Thursday that stale Army analyst Chelsea Manning immediately be released from the Virginia jail where she’s been held in contempt for almost a year.
Manning, 32, was taken to a hospital Wednesday after she attempted suicide, her legal team said. She had been scheduled for a hearing Friday in Alexandria, Virginia, where she has been held since May after she refused to answer questions from a grand jury looking into the release of documents to WikiLeaks.
However U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga said Thursday that the grand jury had accomplished its business and found that Manning’s “appearance earlier than the Grand Jury is no longer wished.” He ordered the Justice Department to release her immediately however ordered her to pay the $256,000 in fines that had accrued as she fought the inform to testify.
Let our information meet your inbox. The information and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.
Download the NBC News app for breaking information
Manning was convicted at a court docket-martial of espionage and other charges in 2013 for leaking secret military information to WikiLeaks. She has refused to answer additional questions about WikiLeaks, arguing that she already did so during her trial seven years ago.
She was ordered jailed in May 2019 after refusing to appear earlier than the grand jury, even with a grant of immunity. She was told then that she can be jailed and fined each day until she agreed to appear or until the grand jury went out of existence. (Federal grand juries typically assist runt phrases.)
Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison, however she was released in 2017 after President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.
Manning said she refused to testify earlier than the grand jury because “I don’t think in the grand jury activity.”
“I don’t think in the secrecy of this,” she said originate air the courthouse earlier than she was jailed.
Her lawyers asked that the fine be dwelling aside, however the possess denied the inquire of Thursday, declaring that it had been “necessary to the coercive reason” of the civil contempt inform that put her in jail in the primary place.
Whenever you or someone you realize is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.
Alex Johnson is a reporter and editor for NBC News based in Los Angeles.
Pete Williams is an NBC News correspondent who covers the Justice Department and the Supreme Court docket, based in Washington.