We are pleased to tell you that Chelsea Manning is being released tonight. With new court PDF files released today, it’s confident to say that she will be out. She is being released from jail after a federal judge determined that her testimony was no longer necessary against the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Now, we have to debunk some common myths about her case, and why she was incarcerated.
“Ms. Manning’s appearance before the grand jury is no longer needed,” he wrote. “Her detention no longer serves any coercive purpose.”
First off, Ms. Manning is not being incarcerated for outstanding fines amounting to about a quarter of a million USD. This was not the reason for her encasement, and more details on this will come out as the timeline progresses. As you likely know, debtors prisons (in most forms) are outlawed in the United States. President Obama, in 2010, released her from military prison after she was sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing documents to WikiLeaks. Hacker Jeremy Hammond who was also involved with WikiLeaks refused to testify before a Grand Jury and is still serving a 10-year sentence. This order from the judge comes after Manning attempted suicide in jail.
“Ms. Manning has previously indicated that she will not betray her principles, even at the risk of grave harm to herself,” her legal team stated Wednesday. This release is a big win for her and her team, after years of fighting for freedom.
UPDATE: After speaking with her representatives, we can confirm that she has arrangments with friends for a place to stay. Housing is already being arranged.
This article will be updated as more information comes public. Last update: 6:24 PM Eastern, 3/12/2020