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Chelsea Manning jailed for contempt of court

Chelsea Manning jailed for contempt of court

Former Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning was jailed Friday for contempt of court after she refused to testify in a closed-door grand jury hearing related to Wikileaks, the site to which she sent classified documents about in 2010.

A statement from Manning’s legal defense team confirmed that the whistleblower was taken into custody by order of a judge until she testified to the grand jury or the panel was dissolved.

“I’ve found you in contempt,” Judge Claude Hilton told Manning, according to The Washington Post, “either until you purge yourself or the end of the life of the grand jury.”

A brief notice from Manning’s representatives said that a statement was forthcoming. Manning reportedly told reporters outside the courthouse on Friday that she was ready to go to jail, and would only testify in a public setting.

“These secret proceedings tend to favor the government,” she told journalists, according to the Post. “I’m always willing to explain things publicly.”