Chelsea Manning unable to dodge grand jury subpeona

Julia LeDoux
March 05, 2019 - 2:24 pm

(Photo by Maggie Boyd/SIPA USA)

Former Army Intelligence Analyst Chelsea Manning was unable on Tuesday to quash a subpoena apparently regarding the WikiLeaks grand jury investigation. 

A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia made the ruling following an hour-long closed-to-the-public hearing.

Speaking outside the courthouse in front of a crowd of supporters, Manning said that her legal team believes they have the grounds to litigate the decision but would provide no further details because Judge Claude M. Hilton also decided to block her request to unseal the proceedings.

Response to the judge’s decision was swift on social media.


According to Manning, it is unclear if she will have to testify before the grand jury on Wednesday. It is also not known if that testimony would be put off as Manning’s lawyers continue their fight against the subpoena.

The Department of Justice has been investigating WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange for nearly 10 years. The site began posting files in 2010 that Manning later admitted to illegally downloading from the military and passing on to the group.

Manning was arrested for espionage and charged with the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 and spent nearly seven years behind bars before having her sentence commuted in 2017 by then-President Barack Obama. 

The material she provided included reports from the field in Iraq and Afghanistan, assessments of detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and communications between the State Department and American embassies.

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