DATE OF BIRTH
December 17, 1987
WHAT SHE LEAKED
Private Manning, a U.S. Army intelligence analyst, leaked more than 700,000 classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Many of these documents were in turn co-published by The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel. Leaks by Manning include the “Collateral Murder” video that shows troops in a U.S. gunship killing innocent Iraqi civilians and two Reuters journalists, the Iraq War Logs, the Afghan War Diary and a quarter-million State Department cables that provide a glimpse into the machinations of U.S. diplomats.
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Manning’s leaks about the corruption and abuses of U.S.-backed dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen are credited by many with having helped to spark the Arab Spring. Her leaks also strengthened the position of Iraqi parliamentarians who voted to eject U.S. forces from the country at the end of 2011. Manning’s exposés also emboldened transparency activists from across the Middle East to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
MANNING IN HER OWN WORDS
“God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms… I want people to see the truth… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.” —From an online chat attributed to Private Manning
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“Manning’s disclosures to WikiLeaks only ‘aided the enemy,’ as his prosecutors charge, if the enemy is international cooperation and peace itself.” —Mairead Corrigan-Maguire (1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner)
Manning was sentenced in August to 35 years in prison after a military judge found her guilty of 20 charges, including espionage. The earliest Manning could be released on parole is 2020.
On the day after her sentencing, Manning announced that she identified as a female and wished to be known as Chelsea Manning. Manning has petitioned the Army to provide her with hormone therapy. To date, the Army has denied the request and has refused to recognize Manning’s name change.
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