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Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify in inquiry into Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify in inquiry into Julian Assange and WikiLeaksChelsea Manning, who was jailed in 2013 for leaking US military secrets to WikiLeaks, was arrested again on Friday for refusing to testify in a grand jury investigation targeting the anti-secrecy group. US District Judge Claude Hilton ordered Manning to be held not as punishment but to force her testimony in the secret case, according to a spokesman for the US attorney in the Alexandria, Virginia federal court. "Chelsea Manning has been remanded into federal custody for her refusal to provide testimony" to a grand jury in Arlington, Virginia, said a statement from her support group The Sparrow Project. They cited the judge in the case, Claude Hilton, as saying Manning would be held indefinitely "until she purges or the end of the life of the grand jury." Manning, 31, was held in contempt of court after refusing earlier this week to testify for an investigation into actions by WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange in 2010, according to her own description. Whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been placed in jail to coerce her to testify against Julian Assange. Whistleblowers are now being forced to testify against journalists. A new angle in the attack on media freedom. More: t.co/jFzuiRUaYo Fund: t.co/X51GmHBUQH— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 8, 2019 Manning, a transgender woman then known as Bradley Manning, was a military intelligence analyst at the time who delivered more than 700,000 classified documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan into WikiLeaks's hands. She became a hero to anti-war and anti-secrecy activists and her actions helped make WikiLeaks a force in the global anti-secrecy movement. In 2013, she was sentenced to 35 years in prison.  She was released in 2017, after President Barack Obama commuted the final 28 years of her 35-year sentence.  Anticipating the contempt charge, Manning said Thursday she had asserted her constitutional rights to refuse to answer questions the day before even as she was offered immunity for her testimony. She objected to the secret nature of grand juries, which can interview witnesses without their attorneys present. "All of the substantive questions pertained to my disclosures of information to the public in 2010 – answers I provided in extensive testimony, during my court-martial in 2013," she said. "In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles. I will exhaust every legal remedy available," she said. "My legal team continues to challenge the secrecy of these proceedings, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my refusal." tomorrow i’m facing a sealed contempt hearing for refusing to testify at a secret grand jury over my 2010 disclosures statement: pic.twitter.com/M1uhssUzXh— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) March 7, 2019 Manning spent more than three years in prison in 2013-2017, during which she underwent gender transition therapy, spent time in solitary confinement and attempted suicide twice. Last year she ran for the Democratic Party's nomination to the US Senate in Maryland but failed to unseat the incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin. The US government has been investigating Assange and WikiLeaks for years and has stepped up its efforts against the Britain-based group after it served as an outlet for internal Democratic communications that Washington alleges were stolen by hackers from Russia's GRU intelligence agency during the 2016 US election. Fearing arrest and extradition to the United States, Assange has been sheltering in Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012. He says WikiLeaks's publishing of US secrets is no different than what the mass media does and he should enjoy the same protections as journalists.



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Chelsea Manning jailed for contempt after refusing to testify in WikiLeaks grand jury investigation

Chelsea Manning jailed for contempt after refusing to testify in WikiLeaks grand jury investigationJudge jails Chelsea Manning for contempt after she refused to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.



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Vietnam suspect to testify in Kim Jong Nam murder trial

Vietnam suspect to testify in Kim Jong Nam murder trialA Vietnamese woman accused of murdering the half-brother of North Korea’s leader will testify in court for the first time next week, when the long-running trial over the Cold War-style hit resumes, her lawyer said Tuesday. In a brazen killing that shocked the world, Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Siti Aisyah from Indonesia are accused of assassinating Kim Jong Nam by smearing VX nerve agent on his face at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. The women have denied murder, saying they believed they were taking part in a prank and were tricked by North Korean agents.



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Trump and his family could be forced to testify after explosive Cohen hearing: 'They will hear from the committee'

Trump and his family could be forced to testify after explosive Cohen hearing: 'They will hear from the committee'Donald Trump and several of his family members could soon find themselves testifying before Congress about the president’s alleged lies and criminal conduct, if the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee gets its way. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the committee tasked with investigating Mr Trump’s financial dealings, ties to Russia and a slate of other scandals plaguing the White House since his 2016 election, warned the first family and others close to the president they “can expect” to hear from Congress about details revealed in Michael Cohen’s explosive public testimony on Wednesday.



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2 women expected to testify against Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax in planned public hearings

2 women expected to testify against Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax in planned public hearingsVirginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax dismissed Republican calls for his sexual assault accusers to testify before the state House of Delegates, calling it "political theater."



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Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to testify before House oversight panel next week

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to testify before House oversight panel next weekPresident Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen will testify in a public hearing before a U.S. congressional committee on Feb. 27 and the panel’s chairman said Trump’s business practices would be a focus of the testimony. Cohen had originally been scheduled to testify on Feb. 7 but his adviser Lanny Davis said he canceled because of threats against his family from Trump. “I am pleased to announce that Michael Cohen’s public testimony before the Oversight Committee is back on, despite efforts by some to intimidate his family members and prevent him from appearing,” House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said in a statement.



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Victims testify at child sex abuse conference, Pope promises to fight ‘enemy within’

Victims testify at child sex abuse conference, Pope promises to fight ‘enemy within’Francis convened Catholic leaders from around the world for the four-day meeting to address the scandal that has ravaged the Church’s credibility in the United States – where it has paid billions of dollars in settlements – Ireland, Chile, Australia, and elsewhere over the last three decades. “Faced with the scourge of sexual abuse committed by men of the Church against minors, I wanted to reach out to you,” Francis told the assembled bishops and heads of religious orders. Francis, opening the conference of nearly 200 participants in a Vatican auditorium, added that victims deserve “concrete and efficient measures” and not mere condemnations.



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Former Trump lawyer Cohen to testify to Congress before entering prison: CNBC

Former Trump lawyer Cohen to testify to Congress before entering prison:  CNBCPresident Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen will testify before three congressional committees before he enters jail on March 6, CNBC reported on Friday, citing Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis. Cohen is expected to appear before closed sessions of the House and Senate intelligence committees and in a public session of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, CNBC said. Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison in December, canceled a planned Tuesday appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee after undergoing surgery on his shoulder.



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The Latest: Accuser willing to testify to Virginia lawmakers

The Latest: Accuser willing to testify to Virginia lawmakersRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on fallout from scandals roiling Virginia's top officials (all times local):



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Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to testify at closed House hearing next week

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to testify at closed House hearing next weekPresident Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen will testify next week at a closed hearing of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee after postponing an appearance before another congressional panel, citing threats from Trump. Cohen, who is set to go to prison in March after pleading guilty to crimes including campaign finance violations during Trump’s 2016 election campaign, had expressed concern about testifying because of threats against his family from Trump. “Mr. Cohen has relayed to the Committee his legitimate concerns for his own safety as well as that of his family, which have been fueled by improper comments made by the President and his lawyer,” Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, the panel’s chairman, said in a statement.



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