Former Army intelligence analyst Manning will be held in jail until he testifies before a grand jury or that grand jury is no longer operating, a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, ruled Friday.
Most of the hearing at which prosecutors argued for Manning to be held in contempt was sealed, but the court was open to the public for argument over whether he should be put in jail and Judge Claude Hilton’s ruling.
“I’ve found you in contempt,” Hilton said. He ordered her to custody immediately, “either until you purge yourself or the end of the life of the grand jury.”
The investigation Manning was called to testify in remains secret, but he said he was asked about WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website she shared classified documents with in 2010. Manning served seven years of a 35-year prison sentence for her leak before receiving a commutation from President Barack Obama.
Outside court before the hearing, Manning said he was prepared to go to jail.
“These secret proceedings tend to favor the government,” he said. “I’m always willing to explain things publicly.”
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