Timeline of Developments: Chelsea Manning’s Resistance To TWO Grand Jury Subpoenas

Index of Materials re: Chelsea’s Resistance to Two Grand Jury Subpoenas

Latest: January 2, 2020

Complete Timeline:

Date Description
March 2, 2019 (Saturday) Chelsea Manning Fights Subpoena — Showing How Federal Grand Juries Are Unaccountable Tools of Repression – By Natasha Lennard
March 5, 2019 (Tuesday) Statement From Chelsea Resists! Support Committee: Chelsea Manning Continues to Challenge Grand Jury Subpoena, Motion to Quash Denied, Remains Under Seal
March 6, 2019 (Wednesday) Statement from Chelsea Manning Regarding Grand Jury and Consequences Associated with Her Refusal
March 7, 2019 (Thursday) Chelsea’s March 7th Statement
“Yesterday, I appeared before a secret grand jury after being given immunity for my testimony. 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. I responded to each question with the following statement: ‘I object to the question and refuse to answer on the grounds that the question is in violation of my First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment, and other statutory rights.’
“In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles. I will exhaust every legal remedy available. My legal team continues to challenge the secrecy of these proceedings, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my refusal.”
March 8, 2019 (Friday) Chelsea’s March 8th Statement
“I will not comply with this, or any other grand jury. 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 and 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.”
March 8, 2019 (Friday) Video of Chelsea Speaking outside the courtroom on March 8th –before her contempt hearing on Friday, March 8, 2019, when she was taken into Federal Custody. (via Ford Fischer / News2Share)
March 8, 2019 (Friday) Statement from Chelsea Resists! Support Committee: Manning’s Detention for Refusal to Provide Grand Jury Testimony is Pointless, Punitive, and Cruel
March 8, 2019 (Friday) Daniel Ellsberg responds to the unjust jailing of whistleblower Chelsea Manning
Chelsea Manning is again acting heroically in the name of press freedom, and it’s a travesty that she has been sent back to jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury. An investigation into WikiLeaks for publishing is a grave threat to all journalists’ rights, and Chelsea is doing us all a service for fighting it. She has already been tortured, spent years in jail, and has suffered more than enough. She should be released immediately.”
March 8, 2019 (Friday) Why Chelsea Manning Decided to Go to Jail in Protest, by Dell Cameron for Gizmodo
March 11, 2019 (Monday) Daniel Ellsberg on Democracy Now
Partial Transcription: Daniel Ellsberg on Chelsea Manning: She Should Be Released Immediately
March 21, 2019 (Thursday) Documents: Court Unseals Documents Regarding Chelsea Manning Subpoena – LawFareBlog
March 21, 2019 (Thursday) Chelsea Manning’s Lawyers Say No Formal Accusation She Gave False Statements During Court Martial by Dell Cameron for Gizmodo
March 23, 2019 (Saturday) Solitary Confinement Statement From Chelsea’s Support Committee – March 23, 2019 Chelsea is being held in solitary confinement. See the definition of solitary confinement compared to the jail’s own definition of the “Administrative Segregation” conditions under which Chelsea is being held.
March 29, 2019 (Friday) Appeal to Vacate the Contempt Charge filed with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Statement from Chelsea’s legal team: Lawyers for Chelsea Manning Ask Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to Void Charges of Civil Contempt
April 1, 2019 (Monday) Bail Motion filed with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
Statement from Chelsea’s legal team: Chelsea Manning’s Lawyers Ask Court to Release Her, Pending Appeal, Citing Abuse of District Court Discretion
April 4, 2019 (Thursday) Chelsea is let out of her solitary confinement conditions (officially called Administrative Segregation), the definition of which, is nearly identical to the UN Special Rapporteur on torture’s definition of solitary confinement.
April 4, 2019 (Thursday) Here’s VICE covering the story of her release from “ad seg” into the “GP” (general population): Chelsea Manning is out of solitary confinement, reps say
April 22, 2019 (Monday) The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Chelsea’s Appeal & Bail Motion last Monday, April 22.
Statements from Chelsea and her legal team: Chelsea Manning and Her Attorneys Respond to 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling Affirming Contempt and Continuing Her Detention
May 6, 2019 (Monday) Statements from Chelsea and her legal team: Chelsea Manning and her Attorneys File Motion Declaring She will Never Cooperate with Grand Jury
May 9, 2019 (Thursday) Statement from Chelsea & her Legal Team: Chelsea Manning Released from Alexandria Detention Center After Grand Jury Lapses
May 10, 2019 (Friday) Chelsea’s video statement
May 10, 2019 (Friday Full Transcription of Chelsea’s video statement
May 16, 2019 (Thursday)(morning) Statement from Chelsea Manning’s Legal Team Regarding Today’s Grand Jury Hearing
May 16, 2019 (Thursday)(afternoon) Statement from Chelsea Manning’s Lawyers Regarding Chelsea Being Remanded Into Custody
May 23, 2019 (Thursday) Statement from Chelsea Manning and Her Lawyer Regarding Today’s Superseding Indictment
May 31, 2019 (Friday) Chelsea Manning’s Legal Team Files Motion to Reconsider Sanctions
May 31, 2019 (Friday) Letter from Chelsea Manning explaining the history of grand juries, after reflecting long and hard on the reasons for her resistance, at the request of Judge Anthony Trenga
May 31, 2019 (Friday)

Link to the actual motion filed today: Motion To Reconsider Sanctions

August 7, 2019 (Wednesday)

Judge Says Chelsea Manning Can Pay Fines, Despite Evidence to the Contrary

January 2, 2020 (Thursday)

Chelsea Manning Responds to United Nations Rapporteur’s Call For Her Release

Definition of Administrative Segregation/Solitary Confinement



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