Her attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen said Manning “expects to remain” in jail for about 400 more days. She added that while they are “evaluating our legal options . . . above all right now we are all working to strategize for her long-term health and welfare.”
Manning had argued that she wasn’t able to pay the fines and asked for a hearing to make that clear. Trenga found that she “has the ability to comply . . . or will have the ability after her release from confinement.”
In a statement Wednesday, Manning said: “I am disappointed but not at all surprised. The government and the judge must know by now that this doesn’t change my position one bit.”
Prosecutors wanted Manning to testify about her interactions with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, to whom she leaked thousands of classified government cables in 2010. Manning spent seven years in a military prison for her disclosures before President Barack Obama ordered her release.
Since Manning was sent to jail in March, Assange has been arrested and charged with violating the Espionage Act. She argues that her testimony is therefore no longer necessary; grand juries can investigate only uncharged crimes. But prosecutors have argued in filings that her testimony is “relevant and essential to an ongoing investigation into charges or targets” beyond Assange.