Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning was jailed on Friday after refusing to answer questions from a federal grand jury in Virginia looking into the release of documents to WikiLeaks.
U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton told Manning that she would remain in federal custody â€œuntil she purges or the end of the life of the grand juryâ€ a statement from her representatives said.
Earlier in the day, Manning told reporters that she was prepared to go to jail following the closed contempt hearing for her resistance to provide testimony because she doesn’t believe in the grand jury process.
On Wednesday, Manning appeared before the same grand jury, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, but refused to answer any questions.
“I responded to each question with the following statement: â€˜I object to the question and refuse to answer on the grounds that the question is in violation of my First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment, and other statutory rights,” Manning said in a statement.
“All of the substantive questions pertained to my disclosures of information to the public in 2010 â€” answers I provided in extensive testimony, during my court-martial in 2013,” the statement said.
Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking a trove of military intelligence records to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. Her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 after seven years behind bars.