Former Army intelligence analyst turned whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been ordered jailed until she testifies before a grand jury as part of an investigation into Wikileaks, a federal judge ruled on Friday.
The Washington Post reported that Manning was held in contempt by Judge Claude M. Hilton, who ordered the former soldier to surrender herself to law enforcement immediately "either until you purge yourself or the end of the life of the grand jury."
In January, Manning received a subpoena from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia "believed to be" regarding the investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange initiated in 2010, the New York Daily News reports.
Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking State Department documents and a graphic video of a U.S. helicopter firing on civilians in 2010, serving seven years before her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama.
"In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles," Manning said on Wednesday of her refusal to testify. "My legal team continues to challenge the secrecy of these proceedings, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my refusal."
Two airmen were administratively punished for drinking at the missile launch control center for 150 nuclear LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, the Air Force confirmed to Task & Purpose on Friday.
Two F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters recently flew a mission in the Middle East in "beast mode," meaning they were loaded up with as much firepower as they could carry.
The F-35s with the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron took off from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates to execute a mission in support of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Air Forces Central Command revealed. The fifth-generation fighters sacrificed their high-end stealth to fly with a full loadout of weaponry on their wings.
The U.S. Senate closed out the week before Memorial Day by confirming Gen. James McConville as the Army's new chief of staff and Adm. Bill Moran as the Navy's new chief of naval operations.
McConville, previously vice chief of staff of the Army, was confirmed on Thursday along with his successor, Lt Gen. Joseph Marin. Moran, currently vice chief of naval operations, was confirmed Friday along with his successor, Vice Adm. Robert Burke.
The Pentagon is producing precisely diddly-squat in terms of proof that Iran is behind recent attacks in the Middle East, requiring more U.S. troops be sent to the region.
Adm. Michael Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, said on Friday that the U.S. military is extending the deployment of about 600 troops with four Patriot missile batteries already in the region and sending close to 1,000 other service members to the Middle East in response to an Iranian "campaign" against U.S. forces.