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Chelsea Manning ordered released from jail one day after suicide attempt

The former Army analyst has been locked up for over a year after being found in contempt of court

(Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was ordered released from jail on Thursday, after a year of being locked up for contempt of court and just one day after reportedly attempting suicide.

What are the details?

In 2013, Manning — formerly known as Bradley Manning — was given a 35-year sentence by a military judge for leaking the largest cache of classified documents in U.S. history to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. She served seven years in prison before former President Barack Obama commuted her sentence before he left office.

Last March, Manning was found in contempt of court by a judge and incarcerated for refusing to answer questions from a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

Manning argued at the time that "all of the substantive questions pertained to my disclosures of information to the public in 2010 — answers I provided in extensive testimony, during my court-martial in 2013."

On Thursday, a different judge determined Manning's testimony was no longer necessary, according to the Washington Post, because the grand jury is no longer active. Federal Judge Anthony Trenga wrote, "Ms. Manning's appearance before the grand jury is no longer needed. Her detention no longer serves any coercive purpose."

Judge Trenga's order comes just a day after Manning's legal team reported that she "attempted to take her own life," but survived and was recovering in the hospital.


ABC News reported that "while the judge ordered Manning immediately released, she still faces a fine of $256,000 levied by the court," noting: "Fines began after her first 30 days of contempt at $500 per day. The fines were increased after 60 days to $1,000 for each day she refused to testify."




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