U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga has ordered the immediate release of former army intelligence analyst and whistleblower Chelsea Manning from prison.
In the Release Order Judge Trenga wrote, “The court find that Ms. Manning’s appearance before the grand jury is no longer needed, in light of which her detention no longer serves any coercive purposes”
Though the judge also ruled she is still responsible to pay $256,000.000 in fines.
Manning was originally jailed over a year ago for contempt of court after refusing to testify about her relationship with Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, but was released for a short time after the grand jury expired. Prosecutors then obtained a second subpoena, and she was locked up a second time in May for defying it.
Upon her release, Ms. Manning’s lawyer Moira Meltzer-Cohen gave this statement, “It is my devout hope that she is released to us shortly, and that she is finally given a meaningful opportunity to rest and heal that she so richly deserves.”
In early 2010, Ms. Manning, who was then known as PFC Bradley Manning, provided a cache of classified information to Wikileaks and in 2013 she was charged with and found guilty of Violating the Espionage Act, stealing government property, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and multiple accounts. She was sentenced to thirty five years at the maximum- security barracks at Fort Leavenworth.
On January 17th, 2017 President Obama communted Manning’s sentence to nearly seven years dating from her arrest on May 27th, 2010.
Manning is seen as a hero across the political spectrum by those who oppose war, government overreach, and the secrecy of those who run the military industrial complex.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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