US judge orders WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning released from prison

A photo of Chelsea Manning provided by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office in Virginia. (File photo: AP)

A US federal judge on Thursday ordered that former US Army soldier and WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning should be immediately released from prison, where she was being held for refusing to testify in an ongoing US investigation of WikiLeaks.

An entry in the US District Court docket in Alexandria, Virginia, signed by Judge Anthony Trenga also rejected a request by Manning to cancel fines which he had imposed for her refusal to testify and ordered instead that a judgment be entered against her for $256,000, the total amount of accrued fines.

A detention hearing for Manning scheduled for Friday was canceled.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:02 - GMT 07:02