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The US case against the WikiLeaks founder is an assault on press freedom and the public’s right to know

Sweden’s decision to drop an investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange has both illuminated the situation of the WikiLeaks founder and made it more pressing. He must be defended against extradition to the United States in a case that digs at the foundations of freedom and democracy in both Britain and the US, and could see him sentenced to a total of 175 years.

Mr Assange is in Belmarsh prison, where he served a 50-week sentence for skipping bail. He had entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid arrest when Sweden asked Britain to extradite him for questioning. Though he denies any wrongdoing, that investigation was appropriate. Prosecuting authorities have said the complainant’s evidence was credible and reliable, but that the passage of time – Mr Assange entered the embassy in 2012 – meant that witnesses’ memories had faded.

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General counsel has urged judges to order the release of still-secret material redacted from the report

The House of Representatives’ top lawyer told a federal court on Monday that the House is investigating whether Donald Trump lied to the special counsel Robert Mueller, and the attorney urged the judges to order the release of still-secret material from Mueller’s investigation.

The president provided Mueller with written answers to some of the special counsel’s questions but refused to sit for an interview with his team. Mueller also wrote in his final report that he considered some of Trump’s answers to be incomplete or imprecise.

Related: Department of Justice releases Mueller documents to BuzzFeed News

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Stone found guilty of obstruction of justice and making false statements over what he told Congress relating to emails hacked from Democrats

Roger Stone, a self-described “dirty trickster” and longtime adviser to Donald Trump, was found guilty on Friday of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The verdict makes Stone only the latest among a growing list of people once in the president’s inner circle who have been convicted on federal charges. News of Stone’s convictions came as dramatic testimony at the public impeachment hearing unfolded on Capitol Hill.

Related: Democrats to consider Trump Twitter smear in articles of impeachment – live

....A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?

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‘Fishrot files’ lead to head of Samherji fishing company and Namibian ministers stepping down

Two Namibian government ministers have resigned and the boss of Iceland’s biggest fishing company has stepped aside amid a spiralling scandal over alleged bribes paid to officials in the southern African country in exchange for trawling rights.

Þorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, the CEO of the Icelandic fishing firm Samherji, and Namibia’s fisheries and justice ministers, Bernhard Esau and Sacky Shanghala, are the first heads to roll following revelations this week of a vast corruption case.

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Former White House strategist testifies under subpoena at trial of Stone, accused of lying to Congress about dealings with WikiLeaks

Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, believed that political operative Roger Stone was the “access point” to WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election, he told a federal court in Washington on Friday.

The ex-chief executive of Donald Trump’s campaign testified for less than an hour at the trial of Stone, accused of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his dealings with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website.

Related: Impeachment inquiry: Fiona Hill tells lawmakers she's received death threats

Related: Elizabeth Warren helps out 'confused' billionaires with new tax calculator

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WikiLeaks founder’s legal team wanted an extra month to submit evidence

Julian Assange has been told there can be no delay in his US extradition case, as he appeared in court in London.

The WikiLeaks founder’s legal team requested more time to submit evidence and the postponement of the full extradition hearing, while claiming the charges against him were politically motivated, at a case management hearing at Westminster magistrates court.

Assange's supporters converge on van thought to be returning the Wikileaks founder to Belmarsh prison

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Backbencher Julian Hill joins Barnaby Joyce in expressing concerns about WikiLeaks founder

The Labor backbencher Julian Hill has declared Australia must vigorously contest any move to extradite the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the United Kingdom to the United States on espionage charges.

Joining concerns about Assange expressed by the former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, the Victorian Labor MP told Guardian Australia: “I do hold serious concerns about [Assange’s] situation.

Related: US efforts to jail Assange for espionage are a grave threat to a free media | Alan Rusbridger

(June 1, 2010) 

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WikiLeaks founder’s custody will be extended after current prison terms comes to end

Julian Assange will stay in prison after the custody period on his current jail term ends because of his “history of absconding”.

As home secretary, Sajid Javid signed an order in June allowing Assange’s extradition to the US over hacking allegations. A 50-week jail term was imposed in the UK after he had jumped previous bail by going into hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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Home secretary opens way for court to consider whether Assange should be sent to US

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has revealed he has signed a request for Julian Assange to be extradited to the US where he faces charges of computer hacking.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday, Javid said: “He’s rightly behind bars. There’s an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow.”

(June 1, 2010) 

Related: US efforts to jail Assange for espionage are a grave threat to a free media | Alan Rusbridger

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WikiLeaks editor-in-chief says US will present evidence in support of extradition request

The US will detail all the charges against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, when it seeks his extradition in a London court, the editor-in-chief of the whistleblowing website has said.

“The American authorities, the Department of Justice, will present the evidence in support of their extradition demand,” Kristinn Hrafnsson said.

(June 1, 2010) 

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UK government urged not to extradite WikiLeaks co-founder to US where he faces decades in prison

Julian Assange is showing all the symptoms associated with prolonged exposure to psychological torture and should not be extradited to the US, according to a senior UN expert who visited him in prison.

Nils Melzer, UN’s special rapporteur on torture, is expected to make his appeal to the UK government on Friday. It comes after Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, was said by his lawyers to be too ill to appear by video link for the latest court hearing of the case on Thursday.

(June 1, 2010) 

Related: US efforts to jail Assange for espionage are a grave threat to a free media | Alan Rusbridger

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Hearing is latest stage in possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder to US

Julian Assange was too ill to appear by video link for the latest hearing in relation to his possible extradition to the US, lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder told a court.

The hearing was the first since 2 May, when lawyers for the US government began pressing its case to extradite him to face trial for what they described as one the largest compromises of classified information in history.

(June 1, 2010) 

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Speaking as someone who knows and has quarrelled with Julian Assange, I feel that your description of him as an “unattractive character” (Editorial, 25 May) is a little ungenerous, but you are right to note the dire consequences of his being charged under the US Espionage Act of 1917.

The allegations against him in Sweden are an entirely separate matter. They have been left outstanding for far too long, in a way that is profoundly unsatisfactory to all sides. The Swedish allegations deserve to be heard on their own merits, without the threat of a second extradition from Sweden to the United States. Sajid Javid must make a formal undertaking that his approval for a second, onward extradition will not be forthcoming. That your editorial did not call for this is a surprising omission.
Naomi Colvin

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Filmmaker James Ricketson, who was jailed in Cambodia on spying charges, says Assange is being used as ‘an example’ in attack on media

The Australian film-maker who spent 15-months in a Cambodian jail on spying charges says he fears Julian Assange is being used as an “example” to other journalists as part of what he described as “a fundamental attack on the fourth estate”.

James Ricketson spent more than a year inside the overcrowded Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on spying charges before his release last September after a public outcry and lobbying by the Australian government.

Related: New US charges against Julian Assange could spell decades behind bars

(June 1, 2010) 

Related: Family of James Ricketson 'hesitant' about film-maker returning to Cambodia

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The US government has brought further charges against Julian Assange now that he is prison in London. These charges, under the Espionage Act, cover his dealings with Chelsea Manning in 2010 and 2011, when Ms Manning was still serving in the US army. After she had sent him some files for her own reasons, Mr Assange, according to the indictment, urged Ms Manning to get hold of and pass over further classified documents, which WikiLeaks published almost unredacted. The Guardian disapproved of the mass publication of unredacted documents at the time, and broke with Mr Assange over the issue. But whether or not the documents should have been published, their publication should not be punished by the American justice system, which could impose a cumulative sentence of 180 years on the latest charges.

Mr Assange is an unattractive character who has quarrelled with almost all his former supporters. Few will be enthusiastic about defending him. Yet he must be defended against this extradition request because the indictments against him threaten to damage freedom and democracy in both Britain and the US.

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Charges against WikiLeaks founder come as Trump assails journalists daily and brands media the ‘enemy of the people’

The Trump administration has launched one of the most potent attacks on journalism and the first amendment in US history by indicting Julian Assange on Espionage Act charges, free speech advocates have warned.

Assange had previously been charged with computer-related crimes and accused of a conspiracy with the former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to steal classified information by offering to help crack a password.

Related: New US charges against Julian Assange could spell decades behind bars

Related: Indicting a journalist? What the new charges against Julian Assange mean for free speech

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Former foreign minister says potential 175-year jail term ‘changes the game’

The former Australian foreign minister Bob Carr believes the prison sentence faced by Julian Assange if he were extradited to the US “changes the game” almost as much as a capital punishment charge, and could “test the patience” of its allies including Australia.

Prosecutors in the US on Thursday announced 17 additional charges against the WikiLeaks founder for publishing hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic cables and files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Assange faces a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison in the US if convicted of all the charges against him.

Related: New US charges against Julian Assange could spell decades behind bars

Related: Indicting a journalist? What the new charges against Julian Assange mean for free speech

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By bringing new charges against the WikiLeaks founder, the Trump administration has challenged the first amendment

By indicting Julian Assange under the Espionage Act, the Trump administration has crossed a line that every other US administration has shied away from: challenging the first amendment in defence of government secrets.

The only reason the 102-year-old act does not criminalise national security journalism is because no administration has sought to put it to the test. The law bans the publication of government secrets and offers no explicit protections to the press under the amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech.

Related: Julian Assange: Sweden files request for arrest over rape allegation

Related: Chelsea Manning jailed again as she refuses to testify before grand jury

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Eighteen-count DoJ indictment alleges Assange, who was arrested last month in London, ‘risked serious harm’ to America

Quiet end to an exciting day:

It’s been a dramatic two days for President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Here’s a quick rundown of all that went down:

I was extremely calm yesterday with my meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, knowing that they would say I was raging, which they always do, along with their partner, the Fake News Media. Well, so many stories about the meeting use the Rage narrative anyway - Fake & Corrupt Press!

Here is a 7+ minute video, from ABC, of Trump calling on multiple senior aides to defend him and vouch for his 'calm' demeanor in the infrastructure meeting with Democrats after Nancy Pelosi said that he'd had a temper tantrum.

When the “extremely stable genius” starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues.

The New York Times is reporting that the Trump administration is planning to bypass Congress “to allow the export to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of billions of dollars worth of munitions that are now on hold.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other senior aides are pushing for the administration to invoke an emergency provision that would allow President Trump to prevent Congress from halting the sales, worth about $7 billion. The transactions, which include precision-guided munitions and combat aircraft, would infuriate lawmakers in both parties.

They would also further inflame tensions between the United States and Iran, which views Saudi Arabia as its main rival and has been supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen in their campaign against a Saudi-led military coalition that includes the United Arab Emirates.

President Trump said, “I don’t do coverups.” Today, several members of Congress decided to see if he really meant that.


Since you stated emphatically that you "don’t do cover ups." Can you confirm that no more unreported migrant deaths have occurred?


Veronica, Lou, Sylvia, and Debbie.#TrumpCoverUp

I just sent this letter to @realDonaldTrump - who, as you heard, is the most transparent president ever.

Judiciary Committee member (Co-equal branch of government)
P.S. also the proud mom of a non-binary kid. #CoverUps

There’s been a lot of back-and-forth between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both in news conferences and on the Internet today. The Washington Post is reporting that some have seem to have taken it a step further and edited video of Pelosi to make it appear that she was drunk:

The video of Pelosi’s onstage speech Wednesday at a Center for American Progress event, in which she said President Trump’s refusal to cooperate with congressional investigations was tantamount to a “coverup,” was subtly edited to make her voice sound garbled and warped. It was then circulated widely across Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

One version, posted by the conservative Facebook page Politics WatchDog, has been viewed more than 1.4 million times, been shared more than 32,000 times, and garnered 16,000 comments with users calling her “drunk” and “a babbling mess.”

Appalling that this is allowed on social media platforms.

Their inability to police themselves is alarming.

Here’s some late-day humor to cleanse your breaking news palate: Washington governor Jay Inslee, who is running for president on a platform to defeat climate change, piles on to the Onion’s Captain Planet joke:

This was supposed to be off the record.

This version of the legislation that would provide $19.1bn to aid Americans from a series of recent national disasters does NOT include more funding for the border, as the White House requested.

Senate PASSES disaster aid funding by a huge margin vote of 85 to 8, President said he would sign it.

Hey everybody, Vivian Ho taking over for Amanda Holpuch. Happy Thursday.

The Guardian’s Jon Swaine has the latest on the Assange indictment, which not only raises questions about the freedom of the press but also could complicate attempts to extradite Assange from London.

The new indictment, approved on Thursday by a grand jury in Virginia, detailed how Assange and WikiLeaks published troves of documents that they received from Chelsea Manning, then a US army intelligence analyst.

Related: US charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified information

Some early, quick analysis on the impact an Espionage Act charge could have on legal interpretations of the press’s right to publish classified information.

However, traditionally the Espionage Act has been used against US government officials, like Manning, who reveal such classified information, rather than foreign nationals who publish the information.

As I’ve been saying for several years, there are very good reasons we didn’t charge this theory in the Obama admin. And it’s not like we had a record reporters loved on these issues.

Trump just now: “I’m an extremely stable genius."

When the “extremely stable genius” starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues.

WikiLeaks responded to the new charges in a Tweet, that warns the new indictment is “the end of national security journalism” and the US Constitution’s free speech amendment.

This is madness. It is the end of national security journalism and the first amendment.

By pursuing Espionage Act charges against Assange, the Justice department is escalating the US government’s crack down on classified information leaks.

This could have a major impact on the rights of journalists because it is difficult to significantly distinguish the work Assange has done from that of a traditional newspaper.

The larger context surrounding this case is almost as important as the Assange indictment itself. Donald Trump has been furious with leakers and the news organizations that publish them ever since he took office. He complains about it constantly in his Twitter tirades. He has repeatedly directed the justice department to stop leaks, and he even asked former FBI director James Comey if he can put journalists in jail.

The indictment says that Assange, 47, was complicit with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence officer and whistleblower, in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to national defense.

Assange conspired with Manning; aided and abetted her in obtaining classified information and received and attempted to receive classified information, according to the indictment.

The Justice Department just announced WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange has been charged with violating the Espionage Act in an 18-count indictment that said he “risked serious harm” to the US.

Assange is currently jailed in London, where he was arrested last month after spending several years in the Ecuadorian embassy there.

At the White House, Trump just discussed the $16bn in aid he is giving to farmers hurt by his trade policies.

An Idaho potato farmer in the audience, Dan Moss, wore a hat that said “Make Potatoes Great Again.”

Farmers and ranchers assemble in Roosevelt Room to hear Pres Trump's remarks to help their sector. Among them is potato farmer Dan Moss, wearing "Make Potatoes Great Again" cap.

Attorney Tracey Steele pointed out in a Twitter thread this morning that as a tornado ripped through Missouri and killed at least three people, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning alerting people to get out of its path.

Steele said Trump’s pick to head the agency that oversees the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa), has a potential conflict of interest because of his role as former CEO of the for-profit company AccuWeather.

It's impossible to know how many lives were saved in Jefferson City last night thanks to the warnings issued by the National Weather Service. This post is a reminder that Donald Trump appointed the CEO of Accuweather to lead the NWS. 1/

Accuweather has actively lobbied for years to keep the NWS from issuing weather information directly to the public, because Accuweather doesn't want the competition. 2/

Trump announced today that he is providing $16bn in aid to farmers hurt by his trade policies after failed trade talks with China, reports the AP:

US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue said the first of three payments is likely to be made in July or August, according to the AP. Purdue suggested it was unlikely a trade deal would be done by then, a sign that US negotiators could be months away from settling a bitter trade dispute with China.

Stephen Calk, who was charged today by the Southern District of New York for attempting to buy a spot in the Trump administration by approving high-risk loans for a former Trump campaign advisor, is set to appear in court this afternoon.

Calk was also a former economic adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Congress may have finally reached a breakthrough on a disaster relief bill that stalled for weeks because of setbacks including the president’s reluctance to provide aid money to Puerto Rico.

Congressional reporters said the Senate will vote today on a disaster aid bill that Trump has said he will support. The bill will not include more funding for the border, which the White House requested, according to reports.

NEW: Senators says there is a bipartisan deal on a disaster relief package that would provide $19.1 billion to states ravaged by natural disasters. Puerto Rico would get $900 million, says Sen. Richard Shelby

Republican representative Justin Amash is reiterating his calls for Donald Trump’s impeachment.

This past weekend, Amash tweeted the acts outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election amounted to “impeachable offenses.”

Some of the president’s actions were inherently corrupt. Other actions were corrupt—and therefore impeachable—because the president took them to serve his own interests.

There’s an interesting article in the Atlantic about how Barack Obama is “more popular than Jesus” among Democrats, but the crowded field seeking the party’s nomination for the 2020 election doesn’t quite know what to do with his popularity:

Obama remains firm that he won’t endorse soon, while aides are stressing that he might get involved later in the process—presumably, the thinking goes, to stop a candidate he sees as too divisive or likely to lose from becoming the nominee. (This hasn’t been specified, but most assume it would be to stop Bernie Sanders.)

And today’s political pup is Ladybird, who belongs to a scheduler in the office of Senator Martha McSally, a Republican from Arizona.

#LadyBird Update: still growing, still chewing on everything, still legislating.

Pete Buttigieg, a military veteran and Democratic candidate for president, has accused Donald Trump of faking disability to avoid serving in the Vietnam war.

The US president received five deferments from the draft, four for university and one for the medical reason of bone spurs in his heels. Last year the New York Times reported claims that a doctor made the diagnosis as a favour to Trump’s father.

Buttigieg, who took a seven month leave of absence from his job as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to serve in Afghanistan as a lieutenant in the navy reserve, said: I have a pretty dim view of his decision to use his privileged status to fake a disability in order to avoid serving in Vietnam.

Speaking at a Washington Post event on Thursday, the 37-year-old continued: “I mean, if he were a conscientious objector, I’d admire that, but this is somebody who, I think it is fairly obvious to most of us, took advantage of the fact that he was a child of a multimillionaire in order to pretend to be disabled so that somebody could go to war in his place.

“I know that dredges up old wounds from a complicated time during a complicated war, but I am also old enough to remember when conservatives talked about character as something that mattered in the presidency, and so I think it deserves to be talked about.”

Buttigieg also described the challenge of taking on Trump in a debate as “crazy uncle management”.

Pelosi just wrapped the press conference, where she made clear that she is not pushing for impeachment despite describing the president’s actions as impeachable.

“I think impeachment is a very divisive place for us to go in the country,” Pelosi said.

Again, I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family or his administration or staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi said she still does not plan to pursue impeachment, though the president would like Democrats to pursue it for political reasons.

“The White House is just crying out for impeachment - that’s why he [Trump] flipped yesterday,” Pelosi said in an ongoing press conference.

When Donald Trump visits the UK next month, he will be joined by his children and their spouses, according to ABC News.

The children are set to attend a dinner with Queen Elizabeth II and will potentially meet with Prince William and Kate, according to the report.

Federal prosecutors have charged a bank CEO, Stephen Calk, for approving millions of dollars in high-risk loans to Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, with the hope it would pan out to a position in the Trump administration.

The Southern District of New York (SDNY) said Thursday morning that Calk tried to buy himself a role in the Trump administration while serving as CEO of The Federal Savings Bank in Chicago.

According to the Mueller report, 14 referrals were made to other law enforcement authorities. One was for Cohen, one for Greg Craig. The other 12 were unknown. The Calk indictment is now known. 11 remain.

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s debut on the $20 bill has been delayed until after Donald Trump leaves office, Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin said yesterday.

Tubman was supposed to appear on the $20 in 2020, under an Obama administration initiative that would have made Tubman the only woman or person of color on an American note. Tubman escaped enslavement, rescued at least 70 people enslaved people on the underground railroad and campaigned for women’s rights.

Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign released a list of 56 legal cases she worked on during her time as a law professor on Wednesday night, just before a Washington Post investigation with more detail on the cases was published.

Together, the list and investigation provide the most in-depth information released on Warren’s legal work, which dates back to at least 1991.

Trump’s former secretary of state Rex Tillerson told a Congressional committee this week that Vladimir Putin out-prepared Donald Trump during their 2017 meeting in Germany.

Tillerson told lawmakers the conversation, which was supposed to be short, turned into a two hour meeting that surveyed geo-political issues, according to the Washington Post, which cited anonymous sources.

Some context on this choice - it came after Trump aides chucked the transition plan and as Trump’s current lawyer, Giuliani, tried unsuccessfully for Sec of State job. Bob Gates and Condi Rice recommended Tillerson. Trump thought he had “the look.”

It’s time for the US politics live blog to begin - I promise we won’t storm out on you.

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  • Assange ‘risked serious harm to US national security’

Julian Assange could face decades in a US prison after being charged with violating the Espionage Act by publishing classified information through WikiLeaks.

Prosecutors announced 17 additional charges against Assange for publishing hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic cables and files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Related: Indicting a journalist? What the new charges against Julian Assange mean for free speech

These unprecedented charges demonstrate the gravity of the threat this poses to all journalists

This article was amended on 24 May 2019. An earlier version was incorrect to say that Manning “is now being fined $500 a day for every day she declines to testify”. The fine period will begin 30 days after her 17 May return to prison.

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