She was sent back to prison for "hindering the smooth running of justice" because she refused to answer questions about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
A US federal judge on Thursday (May 16th) ordered the return of former military analyst Chelsea Manning to jail for "Hindering the smooth running of justice"because she refuses to answer questions about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
"I will not give up my principles, I would rather starve than change my mind"she told judge Anthony Trenga. He retorted that there was nothing "Dishonorable" to fulfill his civic duty.
This transgender icon, who has already spent seven years in detention for delivering more than 750,000 diplomatic and military documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, "Was imprisoned" after a court hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) Andrew Stepanian, spokesperson for his supporters.
A financial penalty
Judge Anthony Trenga said she would be fined $ 500 a day if she still refused to cooperate after 30 days in detention, and $ 1,000 a day after 60 days in jail.
Chelsea Manning has already spent seven years in prison for passing on to Wikileaks in 2010 more than 750,000 diplomatic and military documents, the publication of which had plunged the United States into embarrassment.
The whistleblower had been sent back to prison on March 8 for "Contempt of justice" because she refused to testify before a grand jury set up to investigate Julian Assange. She was released on May 9 for a technical reason: the grand jury who wanted to hear it was coming to an end. But a new collective of citizens drawn was then formed to continue the investigation and reconvened it.