Is Chelsea Manning out of jail

Chelsea Manning400 days longer in custody and a $ 1,000 daily fine

Activist and whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been in prison since March 8 this year and will have to stay there for at least 400 more days. She should remain in custody until she testifies against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange or the legal limit for custody is reached.

Since she does not testify and will never testify herself, she has also had to pay a daily fine of US $ 500 since mid-June. This penalty rose to $ 1,000 last Monday.

"Future earnings" expected

The US District Judge Anthony Trenga ruled last Monday that Manning would not be allowed to hear about her financial ability to pay the fines. Manning asked for such a hearing because, according to her legal representation, she is unable to ever pay the fine. She has almost no financial means and previously lost her apartment.

Trenga argued in his decision that the activist could either “give in” or would have the financial capacity after release. She would have “current and future income” to enable her to do so.

Repression against whistleblowers

Julian Assange was arrested in April and has also been in custody since May 1 of this year. He was sentenced to 50 weeks' imprisonment after a British judge found he violated his bail conditions after entering the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange was on trial for rape in Sweden. He remained in the Ecuadorian embassy since June 2012.

Assange's friend Ola Bini was arrested in Ecuador on April 11th. He was released after 71 days in prison, but is not allowed to leave the country.

Correction from October 11, 2019: Anthony Trenga's job is district judge, not federal judge as previously written.

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Published 08/08/2019 at 12:43 PM