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.