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.