Tag Archives: Chelsea Manning

Why Senator Cardin is a fitting opponent for Chelsea Manning

Source: CounterPunch
by Norman Solomon

“The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin, has become a big star in national media by routinely denouncing Russia as a dire threat to American democracy. The senior senator from Maryland personifies the highly dangerous opportunism that has set in among leading Democrats on the subject of Russia. Chelsea Manning confirmed on Sunday that she is challenging Senator Cardin’s re-election effort in the Democratic primary this June. Her campaign has real potential to raise key issues. … As his party’s ranking member of the key Senate committee on foreign policy, Cardin is at the tip of the anti-Russia propaganda spear. After three decades in Congress including nearly a dozen years in the Senate, he’s an old hand at spinning. No one has worked harder to get political mileage out of ‘Russiagate.'” (01/16/18)


MD: Former political prisoner Chelsea Manning files for US Senate race vs. Cardin

Source: Baltimore Sun

“Chelsea Manning, the transgender Maryland woman convicted of sharing thousands of military documents with Wikileaks, has filed her candidacy to challenge Sen. Ben Cardin in this year’s election. Manning declared her intentions Jan. 5 with the Federal Election Commission, which posted the document on its website Thursday. She is running as a Democrat.” (01/13/18)


Manning: I am not an “American traitor”

Source: Fox News

“Convicted WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning told the audience in Massachusetts that she is not an ‘American traitor’ and she did what she thought was ethical. ‘I believe I did the best I could in my circumstances to make an ethical decision,’ Manning told the attendees of the annual Nantucket Project conference in Massachusetts after being asked whether she is a traitor for leaking classified documents, Star and Stripes reported. The 29-year-old was convicted in 2013 for espionage and sentenced to spend 35 years in jail. President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in his last days as the commander-in-chief. Manning told Eugene Jarecki, an award-winning documentary director and the event’s moderator, that the U.S. was a ‘police state’ following Harvard University’s decision on Friday to rescind invitation to become a visiting fellow.” [editor’s note: Harvard has lost all credibility, what they ever had of it – SAT] (09/18/17)


Harvard disgraces itself to appease CIA crybullies

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The Washington Post reports that Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government has rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to whistle-blower Chelsea Manning. Following tantrums from Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo (who withdrew from a planned speech) and Michael Morell, a former CIA deputy director (who resigned his own fellowship at the school), Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf issued a statement calling the invitation a ‘mistake’ and denying any intent to ‘honor [Manning] in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds.’ Harvard is a private university (to the extent possible in a mixed economy featuring various sorts of government funding for students, researchers, etc.). Its leaders are entitled to discriminate as they wish regarding faculty and curriculum. But the Kennedy School’s action and Elmendorf’s statement are a stain on the nearly 400-year-old university’s honor.


Chelsea Manning changed the course of history. Now she’s focusing on herself.

Source: Vogue
by Nathan Heller

“One hot, humid early-summer evening in New York, a hired car slows on Bleecker Street, and a young woman inside prepares for her first party out in years. She is wearing a midnight-colored semiformal dress by Altuzarra and Everlane ankle boots with heels. Her hair is trimmed into a pixie cut; her makeup softens, but won’t hide, a dust of freckles. ‘I don’t know if I’ll know anybody,’ she fretted earlier, but she seems to have quelled what nerves remain. She is accompanied by a couple of men who surround her like guards. For the first time in a long time, that’s a welcome thing. Chelsea Manning — graceful, blue-eyed, trans — smiles and prepares herself. Since her release from the Fort Leavenworth prison, on May 17, Manning has been living in New York, with a low profile. Tonight she will make her social debut in her own skin.” (for publication 09/17)


Former political prisoner Chelsea Manning posts first post-release photos

Source: CBS News

“Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning posted a new image of herself after being freed from a Kansas military prison and a 35-year sentence for leaking classified materials. The transgender soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning took to Twitter and Instagram on Thursday, posting a portrait photograph of her with short-cropped hair, bright red lipstick and a dark outfit with a plunging neckline.” (05/18/17)


No prison could ever hold Chelsea Manning

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun

“In January 2010, Chelsea Manning began changing the world, and she never stopped. As a private in the US army, she saw the evil, the corruption, and the criminality of the institution she had enlisted to serve. To ignore this and do nothing would have only corrupted her, and so she did what she knew she had to do to expose it. Through the then little-known publisher Wikileaks, she released this vital information to the world, for all to see and judge. That’s a narrow view of what she released though, because — without a doubt — her decision in this matter also released a tidal wave of activism for freedom of information and the rights of leakers like her. It is far more than difficult to imagine what our political landscape today would look like without this singular choice: this one noble act of will.” (05/17/17)


American political prisoner Chelsea Manning released

Source: NBC News

“Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning walked out of a military prison early Wednesday after seven years behind bars. Manning’s 35-year sentence for leaking an enormous trove of military intelligence records was commuted by President Barack Obama in January. At the time, the White House said Manning had accepted responsibility, expressed remorse and served time. A U.S Army official confirmed to NBC News that she was released from Fort Leavenworth military prison at around 3 a.m. ET.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (05/17/17)


Political prisoner Chelsea Manning speaks out ahead of release

Source: US News & World Report

“A transgender soldier has issued her first statement since former President Barack Obama commuted her 35-year prison sentence for [embarrassing Washington by leaking intelligence on American war crimes], saying on Tuesday she wants to help others after her release from prison next week. … ‘For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea. I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world,’ Manning said in a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union. ‘I hope to take the lessons that I have learned, the love that I have been given, and the hope that I have to work toward making life better for others,’ she added, giving thanks for her upcoming release.” (05/09/17)


Pompeo, targeting WikiLeaks, explicitly threatens speech and press freedoms

Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“In February, after Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. media were the ‘enemy of the people,’ the targets of his insult exploded with indignation, devoting wall-to-wall media coverage to what they depicted as a grave assault on press freedoms more befitting of a tyranny. By stark and disturbing contrast, the media reaction yesterday was far more muted, even welcoming, when Trump’s CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, actually and explicitly vowed to target freedoms of speech and press in a blistering, threatening speech he delivered to the D.C. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies. What made Pompeo’s overt threats of repression so palatable to many was that they were not directed at CNN, the New York Times or other beloved-in-D.C. outlets, but rather at WikiLeaks, more marginalized publishers of information, and various leakers and whistleblowers, including Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.” (04/14/17)