Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History

eBook - 2012
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Presents the life of the soldier who committed a massive national security breach by releasing thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, exploring the influence of his political views and gender identity issues on his actions.
Bradley Manning perpetrated the biggest breach of military security in American history. This intelligence analyst leaked an astounding amount of classified information to WikiLeaks: classified combat videos and hundreds of thousands of documents from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and from embassies around the globe. Almost all of WikiLeaks's headline-making releases of information have come from one source only: Bradley Manning. The leaks affected governments the world over--the Arab uprisings were spurred, in part, by Manning's revelations. They propelled WikiLeaks to a level of international prominence it never had before. The world would never be the same. 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's 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, Nicks gives the full story of a bright, gay kid from middle America who signs on to serve his country and finds himself serving a cause he finds far more sinister, and why he betrayed his oath and fellow troops--and his own future--in order to fulfill what he saw as a higher purpose. Denver Nicks has written for The Daily Beast, The Nation, AlterNet, and other publications. He lives in New York City.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, Ă2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781613740712
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 274 pages)


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Jul 08, 2013

This is a most important book that everyone should read. Even today, a significant number of Americans are ignorant of the dual driving reasons for the Bush invasion of Iraq: keep the dollar as the reserve currency by upholding the international status quo of trading oil in dollars (something Saddam had stopped doing prior to the invasion), and ensuring Iraqi oil flowed to China in support of the multinationals' facilities and factories there. (And the same applies to those gas and oil pipelines running across Afghanistan today, supplying the multinationals' facilities and factories in India.) "Collateral Murder" should have caused a national outrage, yet little of what Bradley Manning has sacrificed his life to publicize has made it onto the CorporateMedia.

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