Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who shared military and diplomatic secrets with WikiLeaks in 2010, has been taken into custody today for refusing to testify before a grand jury, according to The Washington Post.
Manning was subpoenaed to present information on WikiLeaks as part of an ongoing investigation in the Eastern District of Virginia. Manning refused to testify, citing her constitutional right to remain silent.
On Thursday, Manning released a statement on Twitter, acknowledging that she might be ordered to jail. “In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles,” Manning said. “I will exhaust every legal remedy available. My legal team continues to challenge the secrecy of these proceedings, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my refusal.”
On Friday morning, a federal judge found her in contempt of court until she apologized and complied or until “the end of the life of the grand jury.”