Former US Army soldier and WikiLeaks origin Chelsea Manning was released from prison Thursday to get a judge’s order after being held since May for refusing to testify in a continuing US evaluation of WikiLeaks.
US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga at Alexandria, Virginia, arranged Manning released since the grand jury hearing the case had concluded.
Alexandria City Sheriff Dana Lawhorne told reporters on Thursday that Manning was released from the Alexandria Detention Centre.
Trenga refused a petition from Manning to cancel penalties he had levied for her refusal to testify and ordered her to pay fines totaling $256,000.
“We’re alleviated and ask that you respect her privacy while she puts on her toes,” Manning’s defense staff said in an emailed statement.
On Wednesday, a spokesman for Manning’s defense staff said Manning had tried to commit suicide and was taken to hospital, where she had been recovering.
Spokesman Andy Stepanian explained that despite her imprisonment and the imposition of monetary sanctions, Manning remained”unwavering in her refusal to take part in a secret grand jury procedure she sees highly vulnerable to abuse.”
Before her latest incarceration for refusing to testify, Manning had served seven years in a military prison for leaking thousands and thousands of US military cables and messages to WikiLeaks, before being published on the arrangement of President Barack Obama.
WikiLeaks, a web-based”dead letter drop” to get leakers of classified or sensitive data, was set up by Australian citizen Julian Assange in 2006.
Assange has been held at a London prison because British courts believe a petition from US prosecutors for his extradition to the USA.