Mar 7, 2019

Chelsea Manning to face possible contempt hearing, jail time over WikiLeaks probe

Chelsea Manning, former U.S. Army intelligence analyst. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning said Thursday she could be jailed as soon as Friday for contempt of court after declining to testify before a federal grand jury about her public disclosure of hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic secret files with WikiLeaks.

Details: Manning was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 35 years in prison, but commuted by President Obama in 2017. She also invoked her Fourth, Fifth and Sixth amendment rights on Wednesday while appearing before a grand jury. "I will stand by my principles. My legal team continues to challenge the secrecy of these proceedings, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my refusal," she said.

The backdrop: Manning was subpoenaed in recent months demanding her testimony in an apparent federal probe into WikiLeaks and its embattled founder Julian Assange, who has reportedly been charged under seal. He has been living at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid arrest.

  • The judge Manning will face on Friday declined her request on Tuesday to quash the subpoena, reports the Washington Post.

Manning's public statement via Twitter:

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Warren sees bump in national poll following Nevada debate

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren surged to 19% and second place in a CBS News/YouGov national poll released Sunday, trailing front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (28%) but edging out Joe Biden (17%) and Michael Bloomberg (13%).

Why it matters: The poll notes that only 42% of Democratic primary voters have made up their minds. While Warren underperformed in the first three states, her strong debate performance in Nevada last week may have given her campaign new life.

Pence aide says intel report of Russia helping Trump is "false information"

Marc Short. Screenshot: Fox News

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, claimed on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has not received intelligence that Russia is seeking to help President Trump win re-election, calling it "false information" that has been selectively leaked by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The big picture: Short and national security adviser Robert O'Brien both dismissed reports published in the Washington Post and New York Times last week about a briefing provided by top election security official Shelby Pierson, an aide to outgoing acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire.

Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.