Per Yahoo, WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning was released from prison on Thursday (March 12).
The former U.S. Army soldier has been held since May for refusing to testify in an ongoing U.S. investigation of WikiLeaks.
U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria, Virginia ordered Manning to be freed since the grand jury hearing of the case had concluded.
The order reads in part:
The court finds that Ms. Manning’s appearance before the Grand jury is no longer needed, in light of which her detention no longer serves any coercive purpose. The Court further finds that enforcement of the accrued, conditional finds would not be punitive but rather necessary to the coercive purpose of the Court’s civil contempt order. Accordingly, is hereby ordered that Chelsea Manning be, and she hereby is, immediately released from the custody of the Attorney General.
SF Gate reports a judge ordered Thursday that former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning be released from jail.
It came after her legal team said Wednesday she tried to take her own life the same day, but was transported to a hospital where she is recovering.
Manning has been in jail since May 2019 for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. She was scheduled to appear in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, on Friday for a hearing on a motion to terminate the civil contempt sanctions stemming from that refusal.
In the motion filed last month, Manning’s lawyers argued that Manning has shown during her incarceration that she can’t be coerced into testifying before a grand jury.
Manning served seven years in a military prison for leaking a trove of documents to WikiLeaks before President Barack Obama commuted the remainder of her 35-year sentence in 2017.
The judge left in place more than $250,000 in fines he imposed for her refusal to testify to the grand jury.