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Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify

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Published on March 8, 2019 - Duration: 01:09s

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify

A federal judge ordered Chelsea Manning held in contempt of court Friday for refusing to answer questions in a grand jury investigation into Wikileaks.

The U.S. Army soldier served seven years in prison for leaking classified data to Wikileaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

Tamara Lindstrom reports.

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Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify

Chelsea Manning is back behind bars after refusing to testify in an investigation into Wikileaks.

Manning's attorney, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, left the courthouse alone Friday after a judge ordered Manning held in contempt of court for declining to answer questions in front of a grand jury.

SOUNDBITE (English) MOIRA MELTZER-COHEN, ATTORNEY FOR MANNING, SAYING: "As everybody knows, Chelsea has tremendous courage.

Our primary concern at this point is her health while she is confined, and we will be paying close attention." Manning is a transgender U.S. Army soldier who was convicted by court-martial in 2013 of espionage and served seven years in military prison for leaking classified data while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

She furnished more than 700,000 documents, videos and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks, but was granted clemency by former U.S. President Barack Obama in 2017.

In November, U.S. prosecutors revealed they were pursuing a criminal case against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and had obtained a sealed indictment against him.

Manning can be held for a maximum of 18 months for refusing to testify.

Her attorney says they'll likely appeal.

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