Convicted felon and anti-Trump zealot Chelsea Manning (born Bradley Manning) tried to weasel out of being sent to jail this week by citing his pretend gender.
Attorneys for Manning, a biological male who purports to be a “transgender woman,” argued in court Friday that it’d be “an act of tremendous cruelty” to make him serve his time in a detention facility like every other criminal or suspect in America.
U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton denied his request on the grounds that both U.S. marshals and jail officials are trained to deal with the needs of “transgender” Americans.
“The judge said U.S. marshals can handle her medical care. Prosecutor Tracy McCormick said the jail and the marshals have assured the government that her medical needs can be met,” the Associated Press reported.
Nice try, though.
Manning has since been booked into a federal detention center in Alexandria, Virginia.
“Specific details about Ms. Manning’s confinement will not be made public due to security and privacy concerns,” Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne reportedly said in a statement. “We will work closely with the U.S. Marshals to ensure her proper care while she remains at our facility.”
Manning’s incarceration stems not from any specific charges but rather from his refusal to testify in a case pertaining to the international non-profit WikiLeaks. Prosecutors in Alexandria have reportedly been pursuing an investigation against WikiLeaks for years, and as part of that investigation, Manning was ordered to testify before a grand jury.
He’s familiar with WikiLeaks because it just so happens that the former U.S. Army soldier was court-martialed and convicted in 2013 for transferring nearly a million “sensitive” government documents into the hands of WikiLeaks. He served time in prison from 2010 and 2017 because of these convictions.
He would’ve served 35 years, but then-President Barack Hussein Obama commuted his sentence prior to leaving office in January of 2017.
In a statement published to Twitter following his incarceration Friday, Manning slammed the grand jury system and argued that he’s already told everything he knows to prosecutors.
** Chelsea was taken into custody today for resisting a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia
Chelsea provided the following statement: pic.twitter.com/tWjEOFyhYn
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) March 8, 2019
“I will not comply with this, or any other grand jury,” he said. “Imprisoning me for my refusal to answer questions only subjects me to additional punishment for my repeatedly-stated ethical objections to the grand jury system.”
“The grand jury’s questions pertained to disclosures from nine years ago, and took place six years after an in-depth computer forensics case, in which I testified for almost a full day about these events. I stand by my previous public testimony.”
“I will not participate in a secret process that I morally object to, particularly one that has been historically used to entrap and persecute activists for protected political speech.”
His refusal to testify was not well received by Hilton.
“I’ve found you in contempt. … either until you purge yourself or the end of the life of the grand jury,” she said Friday.
She meant that unless Manning reveals what he knows to the jury (purges himself), he’ll remain in jail until the grand jury concludes. Note that the grand jury has reportedly been active for years.
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has come out in Manning’s defense.
“It is unfortunate that the government feels the need to attempt to compel a source to testify about communications with a publisher. Such efforts will chill future whistleblowers and deprive the public of important information,” his attorney said in a statement.
It should be noted that the investigation in Alexandria into WikiLeaks is entirely separate from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion.
Moreover, despite Manning behind a biological male, and despite a Trump administration ruling last year that an inmate’s biological sex should take precedence over his or her “gender identity,” the convicted whistleblower has reportedly been placed in “the women’s wing” of the detention center in Alexandria.
While conservatives are generally friendly to WikiLeaks because of its previous efforts to expose former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s litany of crimes, they’ve been less receptive to Manning because of his relentless attacks on Trump, his criticism of police, his denial of biological science and the type of sensitive content he’d once funneled to WikiLeaks.
Case in point:
Ha ha ha! Hope he rots there.
— Lexi Doodles (@LexiLewley) March 9, 2019
That dude has serious issues.
— Die Hard is a Christmas Movie (@Michigan_1974) March 9, 2019
Good the traitor Bradley Manning is back where he belongs
— Lisa West (@rheany613) March 8, 2019
Throw the key away on the traitorous, American hating bitch. https://t.co/wVuh62IVzs
— Grassguy66 (@grassguy66) March 8, 2019
Obama isn’t there to protect you, and you don’t have cojones.
— ?Candace? (@Candace88813196) March 9, 2019
It doesn’t help that he was looked upon favorably by Obama, not that the love was shared. After Manning’s lengthy sentence was commuted in 2017, he turned around and bit the hand that supported him by slamming Obama as a weak leader “with few permanent accomplishments” to his name.
Treacherous and disloyal. That’s not a good look for anyone.
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