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Chelsea Manning at UCLA, March 6, 2018.

Chelsea Manning at UCLA, March 6, 2018. (Photo: UCLA, Flickr)

'Thank Frickin God': Chelsea Manning Released From Solitary Confinement

"While this is a big win, there's still a road ahead to get her out of jail."

Eoin Higgins

This is a breaking story... 

Chelsea Manning is out of solitary confinement, but she remains in prison after refusing to testify to a grand jury due to her concerns that the exercise is a "perjury trap."

In a statement posted on her official Twitter account Thursday afternoon, Manning's team announced that "After 28 days in so-called 'administrative segregation' (solitary confinement), Chelsea has finally been moved into general population at Truesdale Detention Center."

That's good news, though the fight isn't over for Manning. 

"While this is a big win, there's still a road ahead to get her out of jail," the account said.

Manning has been at the prison since March 8. As Common Dreams reported at the time, the whistleblower said in a statement the day before her imprisonment that her testimony was irrelevant to the case and that the only reason for her involvement in the grand jury was likely to trap her in making inconsistent statements.

"I have nothing to contribute to this case, and I resent being forced to endanger myself by participating in this predatory practice," Manning said in her statement March 7. 

Manning's release from solitary comes just two days after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called the practice torture. 

Supporters of Manning celebrated the news Thursday but continued their calls for Manning's full release from prison. 

"She's still in prison though when she should be free, so please keep fighting for her," said Evan Greer, deputy director for Fight for the Future. 

"Good news, but the fight isn’t over yet!" said Bob Bland, co-chair of the Women's March.

Check back for possible updates...


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