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USChelsea Manning to ask court to quash new grand jury subpoena

21:20  16 may  2019
21:20  16 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Manning ordered to appear before new U.S. grand jury as she is freed from jail

Manning ordered to appear before new U.S. grand jury as she is freed from jail Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who was being detained for refusing to testify before a grand jury, was released on Thursday and immediately summoned to appear before a new grand jury next week, her lawyers said. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Chelsea Manning to ask court to quash new grand jury subpoena© Reuters/Suzanne Cordeiro Chelsea Manning speaks at the South by Southwest festival in Austin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning, facing a fresh grand jury subpoena to testify about her contacts with WikiLeaks, will ask a federal court on Thursday to quash the subpoena, a spokesman for her legal team said.

Spokesman Andy Stepanian also said Manning's lawyers have asked the court to order the government to disclose any evidence it has that Manning was targeted by U.S. agencies for electronic surveillance.

Chelsea Manning released from jail after refusing to testify before grand jury

Chelsea Manning released from jail after refusing to testify before grand jury Chelsea Manning, an anti-secrecy activist and former U.S. Army intelligence analyst, has been released from jail on Thursday, her lawyers said.

According to Stepanian, Manning's lawyers maintain that, since the grand jury is only an investigative tool and cannot be used by prosecutors to prepare for trials, the subpoena for Manning "represents an improper and impermissible use of the grand jury process."

Earlier in May, Manning was freed after spending 62 days in a Virginia jail after being found in contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

Manning was released from jail after that grand jury's term expired. Before her release, she was served with another subpoena requiring her to testify before a new grand jury, which is continuing to investigate WikiLeaks.

Federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia, where Thursday's hearing on the latest subpoena will be heard, recently unsealed an indictment issued in secret in late 2017 against Julian Assange, the Australian-born hacker who founded and led WikiLeaks.

Chelsea Manning released from jail in Virginia after being held on contempt charge

Chelsea Manning released from jail in Virginia after being held on contempt charge FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was released from a northern Virginia jail Thursday after a two-month stay for refusing to testify to a grand jury. Manning spent 62 days at the Alexandria Detention Center on civil contempt charges after she refused to answer questions to a federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Her lawyers fear her freedom may be short-lived, though. She was released only because the grand jury's term expired. Before she left the jail, she received another subpoena demanding her testimony on May 16 to a new grand jury.

The indictment alleges Assange conspired with Manning to try to crack a password stored on U.S. Defense Department computers connected to a classified government data network.

U.S. prosecutors publicly released the indictment against Assange after the WikiLeaks founder was forcibly evicted from Ecuador's London Embassy, where he took refuge in 2012 fearing extradition to the United States or Sweden. Assange is now serving a 50-week British prison sentence for bail jumping while U.S. and Swedish authorities seek his extradition.

Manning was convicted by U.S. Army court-martial in 2013 of espionage and other offenses for furnishing more than 700,000 documents and other materials to WikiLeaks while she was an intelligence analyst in Iraq. President Barack Obama reduced Manning's sentence to 7 years from 35 years.

(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Phil Berlowitz)

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