Fact Check: Chelsea Manning Was NOT 'In Jail' In March 2022 As Meme Claims

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Chelsea Manning Was NOT 'In Jail' In March 2022 As Meme Claims Fact Check: Chelsea Manning Was NOT 'In Jail' In March 2022 As Meme Claims Fact Check: Chelsea Manning Was NOT 'In Jail' In March 2022 As Meme Claims Chelsea's Free

Is a meme correct that Chelsea Manning was "in jail" as of March 2022? No, that's not true: Manning was released from jail in 2020 and is free as of this writing. Manning's recent tweets from her verified Twitter account, as well as news reports about her, confirm that she is no longer incarcerated.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 16, 2022. Beside a meme that featured individual photos of Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange, Manning, and Edward Snowden, the caption opened:

#ukraine #russia #war #snowden #assange#wikileaks #usa #warcrimes

The text below the images of Cheney, Bush and Clinton read:


The text below the images of "Assange, Manning, and Snowden" read:


Below the images, the bottom of the meme reads:


This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

manning meme screenshot .png

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue. Mar 22 18:54:27 2022 UTC)

While the meme in its totality appears to be a social commentary, this fact check will focus only on the declaration that Chelsea Manning was in jail at the time the meme was posted.

Manning was released from jail on March 12, 2020, after she had been detained for 11 months for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Wikileaks founder Assange. According to The Washington Post, a federal judge announced that the grand jury had been disbanded and therefore Manning's detention "no longer serves any coercive purpose."

A March 7, 2022 tweet from the verified Twitter account of Chelsea Manning has also confirmed that she is not only out of jail, but will be publishing a book soon as well.

manning tweet screenshot.png

A general Google search for Chelsea Manning found a March 11, 2022, Forbes article which suggests that Manning is currently dating Grimes, a high profile Canadian musician (Claire Elise Boucher) who bore a child with Elon Musk.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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