Chelsea Manning back in prison for not testifying against Julian Assange

A new grand jury has just been formed to investigate the founder of WikiLeaks. The former soldier denounces a procedure "opaque" and undemocratic.

Former US military analyst Chelsea Manning returned to prison on Thursday for the third time after again refusing to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. "I will not give up my principles, I would rather starve than change my mind," she said in a hearing before a federal court in Alexandria, near Washington.

At the origin of a colossal leak of military and diplomatic documents, which had been published by WikiLeaks in 2010 to the chagrin of the United States, the one then known as Bradley Manning has already spent seven years behind bars , before seeing his sentence commuted by former President Barack Obama.

An "opaque" procedure

Now 31, she returned to trouble early this year after being summoned by a grand jury set up to investigate Julian Assange. Denouncing an "opaque" and undemocratic procedure, the ex-military refused to answer his questions and was imprisoned on March 8 for "hindering the smooth running of justice".

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It was released a week ago for a technical reason: the mandate of the grand jury who wanted to hear it came to an end. But a new grand jury has just been formed to continue the investigation. His term of office could last up to a year and a half.

A fine of $ 500, then $ 1,000, per day

On Thursday, Judge Anthony Trenga said there was nothing "dishonorable" to fulfill his civic duty and decided to re-appoint him. The magistrate added that she would be liable to a $ 500 fine a day if she still refused to cooperate after 30 days in detention, and $ 1,000 a day after 60 days in prison.

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Julian Assange is accused of having accepted in 2010 to obtain a secret code to access more military documents.

It is on the basis of this charge that the United States is asking the United Kingdom to extradite him. To answer it, the British police arrested on April 11 the Australian refugee for seven years at the Embassy of Ecuador in London.

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