Chelsea Manning prepared to face consequences for refusing to answer questions about Assange

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence officer who was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified information to Wikileaks, said she is prepared to face the consequences of refusing to answer a grand jury’s questions about her disclosure.

Manning revealed last week she was subpoenaed to testify behind closed doors for a grand jury investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. She said in a statement that the jury members Wednesday grilled her over her 2010 leaks to the anti-secrecy group. “In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles. I will exhaust every legal remedy available. My legal team continues to challenge the secrecy of these proceedings, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my refusal.”

Manning will appear before a federal court in Virginia Friday for a contempt hearing.

Manning was handed a 35-year prison sentence in 2013 for leaking secret State Department communications and military documents to WikiLeaks. Former President Obama commuted her sentence in 2017. The Obama administration declined to prosecute Assange on the fears that it would open the door to lawsuits against legitimate media outlets that publish classified documents.

Chelsea Manning 'prepared to face the consequences' of refusing to answer questions in Assange probe


Former Staff
Oct 2009
This is the correct approach to civil disobedience.

"We want you to tell us things you don't want to tell us."
"I don't want to."
"OK, here is a court order that you have to tell us these things."
"I still don't want to."
"OK, if you do not comply with this court order, it will mean you're going to jail."
"I still don't want to."
"You are going to jail."
"OK, put me in jail. I don't want to comply, you're wrong to make me, and that will become clear in time."