Secret Grand Jury pressuring Chelsea Manning in indictment of Julian Assange

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Secret Grand Jury pressuring Chelsea Manning in indictment of Julian Assange


Chelsea Manning jailed for defying court



A Virginia judge ordered her taken into custody until the grand jury's work is finished or she decides to testify.

Manning said she shared everything she knows during her court-martial.

Manning was found guilty in 2013 of charges including espionage for leaking secret military files to Wikileaks, but her sentence was commuted.

Manning, 31, told US District Judge Claude Hilton that she would "accept whatever you bring upon me", but would not testify, the Associated Press reported.

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US prosecutors have been investigating Wikileaks for years, and in November prosecutors inadvertently revealed possible charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in court documents from a separate case.

On Friday, Manning said in a statement: "I will not comply with this, or any other grand jury."

"Imprisoning me for my refusal to answer questions only subjects me to additional punishment for my repeatedly-stated ethical objections to the grand jury system."



Chelsea provided the following statement here ~

[join up to Twitter. It's what's happening. to access Chelsea's twitter account - you can figure it out]


Twitter. It's what's happening. /xychelsea/status/1104094170950578177
Is this the Bradley Manning guy minus his dick?
 


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Short segment




Julian Assange’s Dad urges Australians to set his son free | 60 Minutes Australia



60 Minutes Australia
Published on Apr 30, 2019

Julian Assange’s father, John Shipton, says it is time for the Australian government to step in and assist Julian Assange, so that he can not be extradited to the United States. Shipton believes the truth will set his son free
 

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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks' jail over bail breach



By Europe bureau chief Samantha Hawley and Jack Hawke



Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks' jail for absconding while on bail, when he fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012.

Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador after the UK Supreme Court upheld a ruling that he should be extradited to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. He has denied the allegation.

He claimed he was seeking political asylum because Sweden's international arrest warrant would see him eventually extradited to the United States.

Assange's lawyer Mark Summers told the courtroom packed with journalists and WikiLeaks supporters that his client sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy because "he was living with overwhelming fear of being rendered to the US".

He said Assange had a "well-founded" fear that he would be mistreated and possibly sent to the US detention camp for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

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On Thursday, Assange will again appear in court by video link as the US attempts to extradite him.

Assange is charged with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain access to classified databases.
 

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UN calls for Julian Assange's release from UK high-security jail

UN experts say British government is breaching WikiLeaks publisher’s human rights


3 May 2019


Damien Gayle



The UN working group on arbitrary detention (WGAD) said it was deeply concerned by the “disproportionate sentence” imposed on Assange for violating the terms of his bail, which it described as a “minor violation”.

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“The working group regrets that the government has not complied with its opinion and has now furthered the arbitrary deprivation of liberty of Mr Assange,” it said in a statement on Friday.

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“It is worth recalling that the detention and the subsequent bail of Mr Assange in the UK were connected to preliminary investigations initiated in 2010 by a prosecutor in Sweden. It is equally worth noting that that prosecutor did not press any charges against Mr Assange and that in 2017, after interviewing him in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, she discontinued investigations and brought an end to the case.

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“The working group is further concerned that Mr Assange has been detained since 11 April 2019 in Belmarsh prison, a high-security prison, as if he were convicted for a serious criminal offence. ....

The WGAD reiterates its recommendation to the government of the United Kingdom, as expressed in its opinion 54/2015, and its 21 December 2018 statement, that the right of Mr Assange to personal liberty should be restored.”




Julian Assange Declines Voluntary Extradition To The US In Latest Court Appearance

May 4, 2019, 9:00am

Matt Novak


I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected many people,” Assange said, according to Guardian reporter Ben Quinn who witnessed the hearing.

“I’ll take that as a decline,” the judge said.

Guardian reporter Ben Quinn who witnessed the hearing ~

According to Quinn, the U.S. hasn’t even submitted the full formal extradition request to the British court yet. The next court date for Assange is on May 30, but that will largely be a procedural hearing. Assange’s next hearing “of substance” will be on June 12.
 

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Swedish prosecutors will announce on Monday whether they will reopen an investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange



The deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson is to hold a press conference in Stockholm on Monday to announce her decision on Assange – sentenced to 50 weeks in prison in the UK earlier this month for a bail violation.

Prosecutors dropped the rape investigation in 2017 because they were unable to proceed while he remained living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Assange also faced investigation for a second sex-related allegation, which was dropped in 2015 because the statute of limitations had passed. He has denied both allegations.

A lawyer for one of the women involved asked for the investigation to be resumed, after he was dragged out of the Ecuadorean embassy last month.
 

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Assange should be allowed to return to his home in Australia.
 

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Chelsea Manning Is Freed From Jail, Faces New Subpoena In WikiLeaks Case


May 10, 20198:44 AM ET




Manning was released Thursday afternoon, after the grand jury's term expired — but the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Virginia already has subpoenaed her to appear before a new grand jury panel, according to a tweet from Manning's account.

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Manning is due to return to federal court on May 16. Despite an offer of immunity, she has refused to answer questions about WikiLeaks, saying she already has shared what she knows.
 

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Chelsea Manning Probably Won’t Be Out of Jail for Long


May 10, 2019



By Rex Santus


"Chelsea Manning was just released from jail on a technicality. But she's already gotten another subpoena — to testify for the exact same reason — and is probably headed back.

"The 31-year-old whistleblower was detained at the Truesdale Detention Center in Virginia for 62 days after refusing to testify before a grand jury about her connections to WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. Manning was only released from jail Thursday because the grand jury’s term expired.
 

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Swedish prosecutors have announced they are reopening an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The investigation was requested by lawyers for a Swedish woman who alleges Assange raped her in 2010.

Assange, who denies the allegations, previously avoided extradition to Sweden after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London for seven years.

Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, told reporters through a translator that "there is still a probable cause to suspect that Assange committed a rape".
 

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Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks source and former US soldier, back in jail and facing daily fine

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WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning is back in jail after a federal court judge in Washington found her in contempt of court for refusing to testify before a grand jury, her legal team has said.She was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury hearing evidence collected by prosecutors who have for years been investigating WikiLeaks, and who recently unsealed a criminal indictment against its founder, Julian Assange.

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Manning refused to testify and earlier this year was jailed for 62 days for contempt of court.

US District Judge Anthony Trenga sent her back to jail on Thursday and said that if she did not comply with the subpoena she would after 30 days be fined $US500 ($726) a day.

If she continued to refuse to testify after 60 days the fine would go up to $US1,000 a day, a law enforcement official and a spokesman for her attorneys said.

Manning was taken immediately to a local jail in Alexandria, Virginia.
 

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Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks source and former US soldier, back in jail and facing daily fine

Updated Fri at 10:26am



WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning is back in jail after a federal court judge in Washington found her in contempt of court for refusing to testify before a grand jury, her legal team has said.She was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury hearing evidence collected by prosecutors who have for years been investigating WikiLeaks, and who recently unsealed a criminal indictment against its founder, Julian Assange.
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Manning refused to testify and earlier this year was jailed for 62 days for contempt of court.

US District Judge Anthony Trenga sent her back to jail on Thursday and said that if she did not comply with the subpoena she would after 30 days be fined $US500 ($726) a day.

If she continued to refuse to testify after 60 days the fine would go up to $US1,000 a day, a law enforcement official and a spokesman for her attorneys said.

Manning was taken immediately to a local jail in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
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He should be going down for a long time.
You might explain your reasoning like a good lad?

'The Facts

There is widespread media misreporting about allegations made against Julian Assange in Sweden in 2010. Here are the facts:

First, Assange was always willing to answer any questions from the Swedish authorities and repeatedly offered to do so, over six years. The widespread media assertion that Assange “evaded” Swedish questioning is false. It was the Swedish prosecutor who for years refused to question Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy: they only did so, in November 2016, after the Swedish courts forced the prosecutor to travel to London. Sweden dropped the investigation six months later, in May 2017.

Second, Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid onward extradition to the US – not to avoid extradition to Sweden or to refuse to face the Swedish allegations. Assange would have accepted extradition to Sweden had it provided an assurance against onward extradition to the US (as Amnesty International also urged at the time) – but both Sweden and the UK refused to provide an assurance that he would not be extradited to the US.

Third, Sweden wanted to drop its arrest warrant for Assange in 2013. It was the British government that insisted that the case against him continue. This is confirmed in emails released under a tribunal challenge following a Freedom of Information Act request. UK prosecutors admitted to deleting key emails and engaged in elaborate attempts to keep correspondence from the public record. Indeed, the lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service advised the Swedes in January 2011 not to visit London to interview Assange. An interview at that time could have prevented the long-running embassy standoff.

Fourth, despite widespread false reporting, Assange was never charged with anything related to the Swedish allegations. These only reached the level of a “preliminary investigation”. The Swedish prosecution questioned Assange on two separate occasions, in 2010 and 2016. He has consistently professed his innocence.

Fifth, almost entirely omitted from current media reporting is that the initial Swedish preliminary investigation in 2010 was dropped after the chief prosecutor of Stockholm concluded that “the evidence did not disclose any evidence of rape” and that “no crime at all” had been committed. Text messages between the two women, which were later revealed, do not complain of rape. Rather, they show that the women “did not want to put any charges on JA but that the police were keen on getting a grip on him” and that they “only wanted him to take a test”. One wrote that “it was the police who made up the charges” and told a friend that she felt that she had been “railroaded by police and others around her”.

Sixth, Assange left Sweden after the prosecutor told him that he was free to leave as he was not wanted for questioning. Assange had stayed in Sweden for five weeks. After he left, Interpol bizarrely issued a Red Notice for Assange, usually reserved for terrorists and dangerous criminals – raising concerns that this was not just about sexual accusations.

Seventh, Sweden’s investigation is now entirely closed. It was shelved for six years during the period 2010-2016 while the Swedish prosecutor refused to question Assange in London. Sweden’s Court of Appeal ruled that that the prosecutor had breached her duty because a preliminary investigation either has to be open and active leading to a charge, or closed—there is no intermediate phase. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention also concluded that the prosecutor’s inaction had resulted in Sweden and the UK violating international obligations.

Eighth, there was no technical impediment for the prosecutor to proceed to charge Assange after he was questioned in the Ecuadorian embassy. In early 2017, Assange’s lawyers asked a Swedish court to force the prosecutor to either charge Assange or drop the arrest warrant. The prosecutor closed the investigation in May 2017 without attempting to charge him.

Since his arrest on 11 April 2019, there has been considerable political pressure on Sweden to reopen the investigation. Theoretically any closed investigation can be reopened until the statute of limitations expires—August 2020 in this case. Such calls serve to displace the critical issue of Assange’s impending US extradition over WikiLeaks publications (whether from UK or Sweden). They also obfuscate critical facts, such as the fact that the UK and Swedish authorities had actively prevented Assange from responding to the allegations, which is contrary to basic principles of due process.

It is critical to note that the re-opened Swedish allegations in September 2010 occurred after WikiLeaks published the Iraq “Collateral Murder” video in April 2010 and the Afghanistan war logs in July 2010. In fact, US grand jury proceedings already began against Assange in June 2010 and by July, the US was publicly describing WikiLeaks as a “very real and potential threat”. The Intercept’s Charles Glass has reported that “Sources in Swedish intelligence told me at the time that they believed the U.S. had encouraged Sweden to pursue the case.” Other reports from just days before the Swedish allegations were initiated show that the U.S. State Department was encouraging allied states to initiate prosecutions against Assange. To ignore all this, as much media reporting does, is to ignore vital further context.

In December 2018, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, together with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, reiterated their finding from 2016 and urged Assange’s freedom to be restored. UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture are currently investigation Assange’s case.'
 

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'Julian Assange has been indicted on 17 new counts of violating US espionage Act'

'Case raises profound issues around the country’s first amendment of their constitution'



WikiLeaks founder accused of receiving and publishing classified state information




The new charges were part of a superseding indictment obtained by the Trump administration that significantly expanded the legal case against Mr Assange, who is already fighting extradition proceedings in London based on an earlier hacking-related count brought by federal prosecutors in northern Virginia.


Indictment stated:


“Assange, Wikileaks affiliates and Manning shared the common objective to subvert lawful restrictions on classified information and to publicly disseminate it,” ...





WikiLeaks‏ Verified account @wikileaks 5h5 hours ago


This is madness. It is the end of national security journalism and the first amendment.


Barry J Pollack, Defence Attorney for Julian Assange replies:


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