Chelsea Manning: I’m Thankful for Americans Who Dare to Ask Questions

A cutout of Bradley Manning is held up on August 21, 2013 in front of the White House in Washington, DC. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. 
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Matt Berman
Nov. 25, 2013, 9:51 a.m.

Chelsea Man­ning, the WikiLeaks leak­er formerly known as Brad­ley Man­ning who is serving a 35-year pris­on sen­tence, has penned an es­say for Time magazine’s Thanks­giv­ing is­sue on what to be grate­ful for. “I’m thank­ful for people who … dare to ask prob­ing, even dan­ger­ous, ques­tions,” she writes.

I’m thank­ful that one day — per­haps not to­mor­row — be­cause of the ac­com­plish­ments of such truth-seekers and hu­man rights pi­on­eers, we can live to­geth­er on this tiny “pale blue dot” of a plan­et and stop look­ing in­ward, at each oth­er, but rather out­ward, in­to the space bey­ond this plan­et and the fu­ture of all of hu­man­ity.

Man­ning was con­victed in Ju­ly of most of the charges levied against her by the U.S. gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing charges un­der the Es­pi­on­age Act. She’ll be eli­gible for pa­role after serving a third of her sen­tence.

You can read her full es­say at Time.


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