U.S. judge orders WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning released from prison

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Thursday ordered that former U.S. Army soldier and WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning should be immediately released from prison, where she was being held for refusing to testify in an ongoing U.S. investigation of WikiLeaks.

An entry in the U.S. District Court docket in Alexandria, Virginia, signed by Judge Anthony Trenga also rejected a request by Manning to cancel fines which he had imposed for her refusal to testify and ordered instead that a judgment be entered against her for $256,000, the total amount of accrued fines.

A detention hearing for Manning scheduled for Friday was canceled. (Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Sandra Maler)