WikiLeaks Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Released Immediately
WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning was released from prison on Thursday evening. That followed a decision by a federal judge, who ordered her immediate release earlier today.
She was detained since May for refusing to testify in a U.S. investigation of WikiLeaks.
The former data analyst of the U.S. military has to pay a fine of more than $ 250,000. The judge did not honour a request for remission by Mannings advocate.
She was released because the judge ruled that “her testimony to the Grand Jury is no longer necessary, meaning her detention no longer serves any purpose.”
On Wednesday, a spokesman for Manning announced that she had attempted suicide in Alexandria, Virginia prison.
Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for releasing hundreds of thousands of secret military records and information through WikiLeaks in 2010.
She was detained for a total of six years before that. Former President Barack Obama forgave her the remainder of her sentence in 2016.