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Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks source, faces deadline to testify or face daily fines


Added 06-15-19 05:35:02pm EST - “Chelsea Manning is slated to face daily fines for contempt of court due to a Saturday deadline for the jailed WikiLeaks source to start cooperating with federal investigators.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Chelsea Manning is slated to face daily fines for contempt of court due to a Saturday deadline for the jailed WikiLeaks source to start cooperating with federal investigators.

Manning, a 31-year-old activist and former Army analyst, was found in civil contempt on May 16 for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury empaneled in Alexandria, Virginia, where the Department of Justice has for years helmed the government’s criminal investigation into the WikiLeaks website and its founder, Julian Assange.

The second contempt ruling issued against her in nearly as many months, Manning was ordered jailed and given until this weekend to cooperate without facing monetary sanctions.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, ordered that “if Chelsea Manning does not purge herself of contempt within 30 days of this Order, she shall incur a conditional fine of $500 per day until such time as she purges herself of contempt.”

Lawyers for Manning filed a motion late last month asking the court to reconsider the sanctions, calling them “coercive, and not punitive,” though a ruling by the judge has not yet been docketed.

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