Court Rejects Chelsea Manning’s Appeal, Ignores All Arguments for Release From Jail

A US appeals court on Monday rejected former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning’s bid to be released from jail, after she refused to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks, saying she has nothing more to contribute to the case.

In a comment released by a spokesman, Manning said that while disappointing, the appeals court ruling will still allow her to “raise issues as the government continues to abuse the grand jury process.”

“I don’t have anything to contribute to this, or any other grand jury,” Manning added. Manning’s lawyers argue that she told authorities everything she knew during her court-martial investigation.

The decision rejected both of Manning’s arguments, against her contempt charge and her request for bail. The judges offered no explanation why they believed no errors were committed in the lower court in finding Manning in contempt. They also provided no reason why it was justified to deny Manning bail.

Manning has been jailed since March 8 at the Alexandria Detention Center for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Wikileaks.



Photo adapted from: “Free Radical: Chelsea Manning with Vogue’s Sally Singer” by Fredrik Lundhag is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0