Following a week of freedom, whistleblower Chelsea Manning is returning to an Alexandria, Virginia, jail after once again refusing to testify before a grand jury. Manning was first detained in early March and spent 62 days in jail before a temporary release one week ago.
Manning was released last week after a grand jury's term expired.
She said in a press conference that she and the government had stipulated that she would not testify, and that the process could move directly to her motion to quash the government's subpoena, which Trenga then denied.
Manning told the judge that she would "rather starve to death" than change her opinion.
Ms. Manning served seven years in a military prison for leaking a trove of documents to WikiLeaks before former president Barack Obama commuted the remainder of her 35-year sentence.More news: Trump pardons ex-media mogul Conrad Black
A federal judge remanded Chelsea Manning into federal custody Thursday for again refusing to testify before a grand jury in the WikiLeaks investigation. "I will not cooperate with this or any other grand jury", Manning said before entering the courthouse for the hearing.
In addition to being held in custody for the duration of the grand jury's investigation or until Manning testifies, the judge ordered her to be fined $500 every day that she is in custody after 30 days and $1,000 every day in custody after 60 days, according to a statement by Manning's lawyers.
"No matter what happens today", Manning said, "I'm not going to comply with this grand jury".
An appointee of President George W. Bush who ruled in favor of Trump's xenophobic anti-Muslim travel ban, Trenga instead ordered Manning to be jailed immediately after a two-hour hearing.
"I think that this ultimately the goal here is to relitigate the court martial from my perspective".
Although it's unclear why federal prosecutors want her to appear, Manning's representatives say she was questioned over the release of information from that time.More news: 'Game of Thrones' featured a cameo from National Football League superstar Aaron Rodgers
"The case doesn't make sense, it's very bananas", she said.
United States prosecutors are seeking the extradition of Assange from the UK, where he is serving a 50-week jail term for skipping bail, to face charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.
Federal grand juries are impaneled for a maximum of 18 months, but it is unclear how long this particular grand jury has been on duty. "Therefore, I decline to answer any questions", Manning said.
"The only thing that is being asked of her is to come answer questions truthfully", he said.
The new grand jury subpoena appears to be related to the USA prosecution of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who was arrested last month and is now awaiting his extradition hearing in the UK.More news: Huawei P20 Lite 2019 leak reveals quad-camera setup, punch-hole display