Today, Chelsea Manning is being hauled before a grand jury. Again. We urgently need you to take action and tell the US Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Eastern District of Virginia to Leave Chelsea Alone!
Just last week, Chelsea was released after 63 days in jail. She had refused to testify before a (different) grand jury about her 2010 disclosures to WikiLeaks. Chelsea was released only because the grand jury expired. But now she is being subpoenaed to testify about the very same information. And it’s possible she will be jailed. Again.
Chelsea testified extensively about her disclosures during her 2013 court martial. At least one target of the WikiLeaks grand jury has already been indicted. Chelsea’s testimony is entirely superfluous. Chelsea has made it clear she won’t cooperate with secret proceedings. Since further confinement will serve no coercive purpose it will have exceeded its lawful scope.
Chelsea’s disclosures exposed the true nature of 21st-century asymmetric warfare and diplomacy. They served as the basis for stories in publications around the world, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spegel, Le Monde and Al Jazeera. For the crime of alerting the public to government misconduct, Chelsea spent more time in prison than anyone ever for leaking information to the media.