The Passion of Bradley Manning: The Story Behind the Wikileaks Whistleblower
Bradley Manning was arrested, imprisoned in solitary confinement for nine months, and court-martialed for leaking nearly half a million classified government documents, including the infamous “Collateral Murder” gunsight video. He was an intelligence analyst in the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division, is twenty-four, and comes from Crescent, Oklahoma.But who is Private First Class Bradley Manning? Why did he commit the largest security breach in American history—and why was it so easy? In this book, the astonishing leaks attributed to Bradley Manning are viewed from many angles, from Tunisia to Guantánamo Bay, from Foggy Bottom to Baghdad to small-town Oklahoma. Around the world, the eloquent act of one young man obliges citizens to ask themselves if they have the right to know what their government is doing.
Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History
Bradley Manning perpetrated the biggest breach of military security in American history. While serving as an Army intelligence analyst, he leaked an astounding amount of classified information to WikiLeaks: classified combat videos, plus hundreds of thousands of documents from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and from embassies around the globe. Nearly all of WikiLeaks' headline-making releases of information have come from a single source: Bradley Manning. The leaks affected governments the world over--the Arab Spring may have been sparked, in part, by Manning's revelations. They propelled WikiLeaks to a level of international prominence it never had before and forever changed the delicate dance between secrecy and transparency. Bradley Manning's story is one of global significance, and yet he remains an enigma. Now, for the first time, the full truth will be told about a man who, at the age of only twenty-two, changed the world. Nicks' book paints a nuanced portrait of a man haunted by demons and driven by hope, impulsive and cocky yet idealistic enough to follow his conscience. Relying on numerous conversations with those who know Manning best and extensive chat logs published here for the first time, Nicks gives the full story of a bright, gay young man from middle America who signs on to serve his country but finds himself serving a cause he finds far more sinister. Manning's is the morally complex tale of a soldier who took matters into his own hands in order to fulfill what he saw as a higher purpose. "Denver Nicks's telling of the Bradley Manning story manages to be riveting while remaining honest. His book ultimately serves as a fitting tribute to the most defining controversies of the digital age." -Nadim Kobeissi, Cryptocat founder.
It's Not The Freaking Wheat America!
In America at present, 69% of everyone over the age of 20 is overweight to some degree. Worse than that, over half of this number are clinically obese. In fact, there are more clinically obese and overweight people in the United States, than there are people in Mexico and Canada. This being the case, books and diet regimens regularly hit the headlines, which attempt to explain the reason behind America's ever increasing girth. Ones which in recent years have bent over backwards to try and inform us that our weight is all wheat's fault. The problem however, isn't America's consumption of breads and cereals. Neither in fact, is America's couch potato culture entirely to blame for the ever broadening of two hundred and fifteen million of our respective waist lines. In fact, all blaming wheat for America's health and diet woes does, is blinker us from what is really wrong with many of our diets and lifestyles. 'It's Not The Freaking Wheat America!' will therefore attempt to clarify why we have really got as big and unhealthy as we have recently, and what you can do to fix this. That said I'm no nutritionist or dietary expert. I have however, been on something of a personal dietary adventure over the past six years, and in the first three of those years I learnt enough to loose the extra hundred pounds I'd been collecting since I left college. Real weight loss however, isn't possible in just one weekend, therefore please don't purchase this book if you're looking for a quick way to reel in your waistline. Rather, real sustainable weight loss only starts to happen, when we start to educate ourselves in regard to what is really in a lot of the food that we eat every day.
The United States Vs. Private Chelsea Manning: A Graphic Account from Inside the Courtroom
Drawing and writing in real time from inside the courtroom, artist and WikiLeaks activist Clark Stoeckley here captures first-hand the extraordinary drama of The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning, one of the most important and secretive trials in American history.
In the course of the trial, Private Manning insists that her release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs to WikiLeaks was an act of conscience, justified by the urgent need to reveal to the world the atrocities committed by the US military in the ostensible cause of freedom. At the prosecution table, military lawyers for the American government seek to set an example and discourage future whistleblowers by locking away Manning for decades, possibly the rest of her life.
Stoeckley's vivid sketches from inside the court and beyond, together with carefully selected transcripts of the proceedings, trace the arguments as they move back and forth between the defence and the prosecution. His rendering of the trial provides both a vital record and a uniquely compelling read.
Dethalissicus: The Parting of the Worlds
Dethas is a young orphaned woman living in Engla' after the separation of the worlds. When she is captured by Irish pirates and meets the green-eyed stranger, Amien, she becomes obsessed with figuring out who he is and why he seems so mysteriously attracted to her. Dethas and Amien's otherworldly companions follow Amien into Londinium to complete a dangerous and impossible task. And when Dethas is forced to flee Engla' into Hibernia, she finally finds answers about her past and becomes entangled in something much deeper than the apparent politics in the capital."The story I remembered about my mother was always short and full of holes. She never had a wedding gown, but she was beautiful. Her eyes were like pieces of the sea, if the sea could become a rock and turn into stones. She could make a thief or a traitor confess what he had done and throw himself off a cliff, into those sea-eyes. Her lips were like flowers and like blood, virginal and terrible. She wore white, even when she traveled across the country on foot to find her people, even in the dark woods where she stood out like a skull shining in the moon. Her dress, like her, never seemed to wear from the traveling, as if she walked just barely above the loam, a small moth with feathery feet."
The United States vs. Pvt. Chelsea Manning: A Graphic Account from Inside the Courtroom
Drawing and writing in real time from inside the courtroom, artist and WikiLeaks activist Clark Stoeckley here captures first-hand the extraordinary drama of The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning, one of the most important and secretive trials in American history. In the course of the trial, Private Manning insists that her release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs to WikiLeaks was an act of conscience, justified by the urgent need to reveal to the world the atrocities committed by the US military in the ostensible cause of freedom. At the prosecution table, military lawyers for the American government seek to set an example and discourage future whistleblowers by locking away Manning for decades, possibly the rest of her life. Stoeckley’s vivid sketches from inside the court and beyond, together with carefully selected transcripts of the proceedings, trace the arguments as they move back and forth between the defence and the prosecution. His rendering of the trial provides both a vital record and a uniquely compelling read.
Field Visits for Chelsea Manning (Klaus_eBooks)
Since 2011, Lance Wakeling has been making videos that measure the movement of bodies against the speed of information. The first entry in his trilogy was A Tour of the AC-1 Transatlantic Submarine Cable (2011), where he went to the points where the eponymous cable surfaced in Fire Island, New York; the southwest tip of England; the coast of the Netherlands; and a German island off the Danish border. The video is a narrative log of people and places encountered in the course of research, interspersed with facts about transatlantic commu- nications. Attention oscillates between the inhuman scale of global communications and the trivial details of Wakeling’s passage as an individual trying to comprehend it, approximating the underground, off-limits flow of information on foot and by train. He followed A Tour with Views of a Former Verizon Building (2012), about a data center in Manhattan’s Financial District, where checkpoints and facial-recognition security cameras have been introduced as protective measures in the wake of Occupy. City Hall is nearby, and the perspectives that Wakeling assembles while ambling among tourists and office workers highlight the proximity of data, finance, and the state apparatus.Late in 2012 Wakeling announced that his trilogy’s final entry would be Field Visits for Chelsea Manning. Like A Tour, Field Visits would begin with extensive travel for research, this time determined by the sites where Manning was detained—Camp Arifjan in Kuwait; the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Fort Meade, Maryland—after releasing U.S. diplomatic cables, videos of air strikes and other classified infor- mation to Wikileaks. Field Visits, like its predecessors, addresses the vulnerability and weakness of the body in relation to the systems governing the movement of information, partly through the failure to access high-security locations. But the issues take on a greater intensity in relation to the story of a former soldier who was imprisoned and tortured. Manning’s story has an urgent presence in Wakeling’s video, but most of his footage features slices of Americana: Civil War reenactments in Virginia, a barbershop quartet singing in Kansas, retired pilots watching planes take off and land in Maryland. He fixed the camera’s gaze on forms of recreation and play that cling to frameworks of technological and governmental power structures.I was starting to organize the Klaus_eBooks series around the same time Wakeling was beginning work on Field Visits. Knowing his previous work, and his interest in digital publishing (he circulated a PDF journal called Private Circulation from 2008 to 2010), I invited him to take part. The themes of Field Visits, like the other ones in the trilogy, resonated with those I’d assembled for Klaus_eBooks: the fluidity and smallness of information, in contrast to the rigidity and power of the structures that subjugate it as it moves, as not only the condition of the ebook as afile format and a product but also a site for the reader’s identification with it—an analogue to the construction of contemporary personhood by social media’s terms of service.
Whistleblower in der Sicherheitspolitik - Whistleblowers in Security Politics: Preisverleihung - Awards 2011/2013 (Chelsea E. Manning; Edward J. Snowden)
Der Band stellt die Preisverleihungen des deutschen Whistleblowerpreises 2011 und 2013 sowie deren Preisträger vor und analysiert deren Hintergründe, Motive und aktuelle Situation. Den Whistleblowerpreis 2011 erhielt Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, der das Video Collateral Murder mit Hilfe von WikiLeaks der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich machte. Das Video ist seitdem zu einem Sinnbild für die Verrohung im Denken, Reden und Handeln von Soldaten im Krieg geworden, ohne Rücksicht auf Völkerrecht und humanitäre Verluste. Immer wieder wird es weltweit in den Massenmedien gezeigt oder zitiert. Das unerhört harte Vorgehen gegen Chelsea Manning sollte Whistleblower in den USA zum Schweigen bringen. Doch die Rechnung der US-Administration ging nicht auf. Kaum hatte der Militärgerichtsprozess gegen Manning begonnen, wurde der größte globale Spionageskandal aller Zeiten publik. Edward J. Snowden hatte digitale Dokumente außer Landes gebracht, die belegen, dass die USA und England massenhaft verdachtsunabhängige Kommunikationsüberwachung betreiben und damit gegen Völkerrecht und nationales Recht souveräner Staaten verstoßen. Dafür erhielt Snowden den deutschen Whistleblowerpreis 2013.
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