US military ex-analyst Chelsea Manning was sent back to prison Thursday for contempt, after she refused to testify before a jury on fears of being questioned about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Manning already spent seven years in a military prison for transmitting military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks in 2010 and on March 8 was sent to jail for two months for "contempt of court".
Andy Stepanian, a spokesman for Manning's legal team, reported that she had been re-jailed on the orders of Judge Anthony Trenga. "Be detained or not, I will not participate," Manning told reporters before entering the courtroom.
The magistrate ordered a fine of 500 dollars a day if he does not testify in 30 days, with the threat of a penalty of 1,000 dollars a day if he does not do it within a period of 60 days.
"The government can not build a prison bad enough, it can not create a worse system to the idea of changing my principles," Manning said, according to The Washington Post. The analyst also said that she prefers "to die of hunger" than to change her opinion on this issue.
Mannning was released a week ago because the jury's mandate to hear her two months ago was coming to an end.