WASHINGTON – Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army analyst who served seven years in prison for leaking a trove of classified information, was found in contempt of court and taken into custody Friday after refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks, The Washington Post reported.
Manning was ordered to jail by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton after a brief hearing in which Manning confirmed she had no intention of testifying. She told the judge she “will accept whatever you bring upon me.”
Manning reportedly objects to the secrecy of the grand jury process and said she’s already revealed everything she knows during her court-martial. The judge ordered Manning to remain behind bars until she testifies or until the grand jury concludes its work.
“These secret proceedings tend to favor the government,” Manning told reporters before her hearing, according to The Post. “I’m always willing to explain things publicly.”
Manning’s lawyers have asked she be confined to her home instead due to the medical complications she faces.
The judge, however, concluded U.S. Marshals could appropriately handle her medical care.
Manning, formerly known as “Bradley Manning,” has never been a favorite of police officers, but she took her spite to a new level recently with a tweet saying, “f*** the police,” on law enforcement appreciation day.
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) January 9, 2019
Patriot and former U.S. Navy SEAL, Eli Crane, had this to say after Manning’s tweet:
I am honestly not surprised to see someone with such a despicable resume posting such things. I think the thing that bothers me the most is that we continue to tune into the disappointing train wreck that is Chelsea Manning. Chelsea Manning will really only surprise me if this individual ever reversed course and promotes anything patriotic, moral or unifying.
The other thing I find so disappointing is that someone who once put on a uniform and swore to defend and protect others could promote such hatred and contempt for another group of our brothers and sisters who have sworn to do the same.
I have so many friends that wear a badge. I have had many deep conversations about life, family and community with them. Believe it or not, they are just like the rest of us. They get hurt, they feel pain, they worry about their children, finances and the future like the rest of us. The major difference between those who wear a badge and those who don’t is that they will show up in your darkest hour and in your worst moments to protect you and those you love from injustice and evil. Far too many of them have sacrificed their lives in the pursuit of our safety.
Chelsea, you don’t speak for veterans or for most of this country. We respect our fellow service members who are dedicated to a legacy greater than themselves. Though you seek to lead we will never follow your confused, ignorant and divisive rhetoric. You will probably continue to make headlines but only because you’re inflammatory and destructive and never as an example of what to aspire to.
It seems as though Crane proved prophetic as Manning continues to make headlines.