Chelsea Manning

Whisteblower Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley) is the US Army Private (Pfc) who leaked military and government documents to the online media outlet Wikileaks which became the basis for the Collateral Murder video, which showed the killing of unarmed civilians by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. Leaks made by Manning also resulted in the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and a series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables that became known as Cablegate. In 2013, she was convicted by a military court or the disclosures and sentence to 35 years in prison. In 2017, in the last days of his presidency, President Barack Obama coummuted her sentence. She is expected to be released from prison in May of 2017.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Compromise Does Not Work With Our Political Opponents. When Will We Learn?
Barack Obama left behind hints of a progressive legacy. Unfortunately, despite his faith in our system and his positive track record on many issues over the last eight years, there have been very few permanent accomplishments. This vulnerable legacy should remind us that what we really need is a...
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Voters cast their ballot during early voting at a polling station in Chicago. Views
Thursday, November 03, 2016
I Can't Vote. If You Can, You Must
In an era of increasing dissatisfaction with and disengagement from governments, political parties, and much of the rest of the democratic establishment, it’s more important than ever that you show up and vote. Suffrage is not a right afforded to everyone. Rather, voting is a privilege in the...
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Friday, July 01, 2016
It's Right to End the Ban on Trans People in the Military – But Wrong to Set Conditions
Open trans service in the military is a necessary step toward protecting and recognizing the humanity of trans people, but the military’s proposal falls far short of what is needed. When I first heard about Thursday’s announcement I was grinding and sanding metal to a polish at my prison job. The...
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Monday, May 02, 2016
Solitary Confinement is 'No Touch' Torture, and It Must Be Abolished
Shortly after arriving at a makeshift military jail, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in May 2010 , I was placed into the black hole of solitary confinement for the first time. Within two weeks, I was contemplating suicide. After a month on suicide watch, I was transferred back to US, to a tiny 6 x 8ft (...
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Thursday, December 24, 2015
In Prison, the Holiday Season Is Grim – But I Won't Lose Hope
Having a birthday around the holidays was never easy and, with every successive year, it felt more and more as if celebrating my birthday got thrown into the December holiday mix as an afterthought. But now, Decembers are becoming the hardest month of the year to endure. The most obvious reasons...
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Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Taking on the Most Difficult Undertaking in Prison (So Far)
I recently published an op-ed in The Guardian and a bill to abolish the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and to transfer the controversial surveillance authority from the secretive court to a good ol’ fashioned U.S. District Court. I’m way ahead of your question — What the hell did I get...
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Friday, June 26, 2015
Same-Sex Marriage Isn't Equality for All LGBT People. Our Movement Can't End
It wasn’t that long ago – 4 November 2008 – that the US had an election that galvanized a generation of activists to change policies in this country that would have enshrined into law the continued marginalization of a large group of people. I’m not talking about who was elected president, or which...
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Years Since I Was Jailed for Releasing the 'War Diaries' Have Been a Rollercoaster
Today marks five years since I was ordered into military confinement while deployed to Iraq in 2010. I find it difficult to believe, at times, just how long I have been in prison. Throughout this time, there have been so many ups and downs – it often feels like a physical and emotional roller...
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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
We're Citizens, Not Subjects. We Have the Right to Criticize Government without Fear
When freedom of information and transparency are stifled, then bad decisions are often made and heartbreaking tragedies occur – too often on a breathtaking scale that can leave societies wondering: how did this happen? Think about the recent debates on torture, assassination by unmanned aircraft,...
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Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, speaks with Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander, Multinational Corps - Iraq and Col. Jeffrey Bannister, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, during a visit with Soldiers in the Rusafa district of Baghdad on September 2, 2006. (Credit: flickr / cc / US Army) Views
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Fog Machine of War: The US Military’s Campaign Against Media Freedom
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — WHEN I chose to disclose classified information in 2010, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others. I’m now serving a sentence of 35 years in prison for these unauthorized disclosures. I understand that my actions violated the law. However, the...
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