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Former Army intelligence analyst and whistleblower Chelsea Manning says she’ll stay in jail “forever” rather than testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks.
Manning spoke to reporters Thursday afternoon outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria before a scheduled hearing.
“No matter what happens today … whether I’m placed in confinement or not, I’m not going to comply with this grand jury,” Manning said.
She faces possible jail on civil contempt for refusing to obey a grand jury subpoena.
Manning said the threat of being locked up does not intimidate her and will not affect her decision, NBC News reported.
“It doesn’t frighten me or disturb me,” she said. “I mean, I’ve already been to jail. I’ve already been to prison, so attempting to coerce me with a grand jury subpoena is just not going to work.”
Earlier this month, Manning was freed following 62 days in a Virginia jail after refusing to testify before a previous grand jury in the WikiLeaks case.
She was released when the term of that grand jury expired but was then ordered to appear before a separate panel in Alexandria on Thursday.
Manning argues that she should not be sent to jail because she has already demonstrated that incarceration won’t coerce her into testifying. She served seven years in a military prison for leaking a trove of documents to WikiLeaks before then-President Barack Obama commuted the remainder of her 35-year sentence.