Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning wants out of a Virginia jail – and is getting help from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Manning, 31, who was jailed on March 8 on contempt bills by a federal select for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks, wants to be launched as a result of the select’s order is appealed. Manning, 31, may also be asking to to not be required to testify, reiterating her stance earlier this month to Virginia federal Judge Claude Hilton that she has no intention of doing so.
Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday that Manning has been “trapped in solitary confinement” for refusing to answer questions sooner than a grand jury.
“Solitary confinement is torture,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Chelsea is being tortured for whistleblowing, she should be released on bail, and we should ban extended solitary in the US.”
Attorneys for Manning argue that her testimony gained’t change from what she knowledgeable a court-martial in 2013 and that no amount of jail time will compel her to cooperate throughout the Wikileaks probe of larger than 700,000 categorized paperwork associated to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that she gave the group in 2010.
“While she will certainly exhaust her legal avenues in order to legally justify her decision not to cooperate, her continued noncooperation is a foregone conclusion, regardless of the legal outcomes,” her attorneys wrote in court docket docket paperwork, in accordance with the Washington Post.
Manning may also be not a flight hazard, her attorneys declare, together with that she’s merely taking a “principled stand” for what she believes in, along with accountability for her actions.
“No bond would be necessary to secure her reappearance in court,” her attorneys wrote.
Manning’s attorneys moreover cited medical wants as a consequence of her gender transition surgical process. Manning spent seven years of a 35-year sentence in jail for the leak sooner than it was commuted by Barack Obama in 2017.
“It is clear that while the jail has bent over backwards to accommodate Ms. Manning’s heath needs, it may simply be impossible for them to confine her in a manner that does not constitute punishment,” her attorneys wrote.
Prosecutors have not responded to Manning’s request, the Washington Post research.