Chelsea Manning's lawyers argue US no longer needs her to testify following Julian Assange's arrest

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Lawyers for former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning are renewing efforts to get her released from a northern Virginia jail.

Manning's lawyers filed court papers Friday asking a federal judge to reconsider his decision to send Manning to the Alexandria jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

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The motion argues that a new indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on espionage charges makes Manning's testimony irrelevant.

'What remains to be seen is whether the government can claim with a straight face to have an ongoing need for her testimony,' lawyers Moira Meltzer-Cohen, Sandra Freeman, and Christopher Leibig wrote in their motion, which says Manning is suffering physically as a result of her incarceration and is in the midst of losing her home because of the financial effect it is having on her.

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Manning has been jailed for civil contempt since May 16. She could remain in jail for up to 18 months - the length of the grand-jury term. Judge Anthony Trenga also ordered fines of $500 a day to kick in after 30 days of confinement and $1,000 a day after 60 days.

This follows a two-month jail term earlier this year for refusing to testify to a previous grand jury.

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Manning's lawyers say the fact prosecutors have obtained a superseding indictment under the Espionage Act against Assange is particularly significant. In particular, they say it is unlikely that any additional charges against Assange will be filed because the US faces a June 12 deadline for finalizing its extradition request for Assange to Great Britain, and bringing new charges after...
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