Former Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning says she may end up back behind bars after refusing to answer questions in front of a grand jury about leaking military secrets in 2010.
Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking millions of State Department documents and a video of a U.S. helicopter firing on civilians, said she asserted her first, fourth and sixth amendment rights during a hearing Wednesday and refused to answer every question.
"All of the substantive questions pertained to my disclosures of information to the public in 2010 — answers I provided in extensive testimony, during my court-martial in 2013," she said in a statement.
Manning served more than six years in prison before having her sentence commuted by President Obama.
In January, she received a subpoena from the U.S. District Court, believed to be about a case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012.
Assange has been under investigation since at least 2010, when WikiLeaks began posting illegally downloaded government files.
Earlier this week, Judge Claude M. Hilton denied Manning's motion to quash the subpoena.
"In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles," Manning said. "My legal team continues to challenge the secrecy of these proceedings, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my refusal."
Manning said she is due back in court Friday for a closed contempt hearing.
The Marine lieutenant colonel removed from command of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May was ousted over alleged "misconduct" but has not been charged with a crime, Task & Purpose has learned.
Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, 42, who was removed from his post by the commanding general of 1st Marine Division on May 7, has since been reassigned to the command element of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and a decision on whether he will be charged is "still pending," MEF spokeswoman 1st Lt. Virginia Burger told Task & Purpose last week.
"We are not aware of any ongoing or additional investigations of Lt. Col. Zavala at this time," MEF spokesman 2nd Lt. Brian Tuthill told Task & Purpose on Monday. "The command investigation was closed May 14 and the alleged misconduct concerns Articles 128 and 133 of the UCMJ," Tuthill added, mentioning offenses under military law that deal with assault and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman.
"There is a period of due process afforded the accused and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty," he said.
When asked for an explanation for the delay, MEF officials directed Task & Purpose to contact 1st Marine Division officials, who did not respond before deadline.
The investigation of Zavala, completed on May 3 and released to Task & Purpose in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that he had allegedly acted inappropriately. The report also confirmed some details of his wife's account of alleged domestic violence that Task & Purpose first reported last month.
U.S. troops rejoice — the midnight curfew for service members in South Korea has been temporarily suspended, as command evaluates if you can be trusted to not act like wild animals in the streets of Pyeongtaek.
Late last month Activision's Infinity Ward dropped a teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare — a soft-reboot of one of it's most beloved games — and just two weeks after the May 30 reveal, the game developer unveiled some new details on what's in store for the first-person shooter's multiplayer: Juggernaut and ghillie suits!