Chelsea Manning Gives First Post-Prison Interview

The Associated Press reports:

Chelsea Manning believed she had a “responsibility to the public” and didn’t think she was risking national security when she leaked a trove of classified documents, the soldier said in her first interview since being released from a military prison last month.

The 29-year-old formerly known as Bradley Manning said in a pre-taped interview broadcast Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she was prompted to give the 700,000 military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks because of the human toll of the “death, destruction and mayhem” she saw as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq. She told ABC that she has “accepted responsibility” for her actions.

  • CJakes ™

    She looks and sounds great.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Even though her sentence was commuted, we should not forget that she was sentenced to more time and served more time than anyone else every convicted for leaking documents in our nation’s history.

  • RoverSerton

    As a veteran, I consider a betrayal of security clearance a act of sedition. I just can’t past that. Took an oath and didn’t uphold it.

    • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

      As a veteran who was a traffic analyst, I’d say it was the nation that betrayed us. Yeah, I get the oath. Uphold the Constitution.

      I cannot say if I would have had the nads to do the same as Manning. But I do think Americans have a right to know when their government indulges in malfeasance.

      • Natty Enquirer

        But would you set yourself up as the sole arbiter of which secrets the United States may keep?

        • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

          If the secrets involve violations…I’d certainly ask someone higher up the chain about it.

          • RoverSerton

            That is the correct action, not dumping classified docs without at least knowing what you were disclosing. One doc one could understand, she did a dump of data. Criminal.

      • another_steve

        What we’re seeing now during the Russiagate saga is that American intelligence agencies are not out-of-control rogue entities out to subvert justice and bring death and chaos to the world. They consist of honorable women and men who have America’s best interests at heart.

        Are there some bad guys in the agencies? Of course. There’s not one government agency anywhere in the world that doesn’t have some bad guys working there.

        These people know things we do not. These people know things that Manning does not / did not know.

        Obama’s pardoning of her will go down as an odd footnote in his presidential legacy.

        • He did not pardon her. He commuted her sentence. She was set free but is still recognized as a convicted criminal and traitor.

          • another_steve

            Good point. Thanks.

      • Gerry Fisher

        I agree with you. However, I struggle with the idea that “war is hell” (that we entered into the war, and that there was ensuing death and destruction) always equals “malfeasance.” (There was some malfeasance, yes. But Manning released a lot more than just that.)

    • Ish

      There’s some misplaced loyalty for you.

      • JT

        Your head is misplaced. It’s up your ass.

        • Ish

          Is your diaper dirty? Go ask your mommy to change it for you. Does she know you’re on the internet again?

          • JT

            Yell a little louder so the sound can reverberate out your ass.

    • another_steve

      Yes. If you don’t agree to the terms of employment, you don’t take the job. It’s that simple.

      Her association with WikiLeaks says it all — when it comes to whether her actions were honorable or not.

      • Wikileaks is one of the worst criminal enterprises to ever exist. Assange needs to be thrown into solitary confinement for the rest of his life.

        • another_steve

          I predict that Assange’s “connections” to Putin and his thugs will eventually be unearthed.

          If so, that’ll certainly take some of the shine off Manning, won’t it.

    • Grant

      Is there anything at all the US could do to make you violate your oath?

      • Todd20036

        Trump is doing just that.

    • Kelly Lape

      “To uphold and defend the Constitution” – not to defend arbitrary secrecy to protect political parties. Ugly truth is still truth.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        “…. and the laws of the United States”

    • crewman

      I tend to agree with RoverSerton’s sentiment. I don’t want to conflate my support of a transgender person with whether giving a massive amount of top secret documetns to Wikileaks is something I think is a good idea. The main problem with these kind of large-scale leaks is, they are unilaterally deciding what is just. You might happen to agree with what she leaked in this case, but think of all the extremist right-wing people out there. Do you want a set of rules that encourages them to leak secrets based on what they think is right?

    • justmeeeee

      Because when the fascisti immoral unethical military industrial complex tells you to do something, you DO IT!!!! YEAH!!!!!

    • DesertSun59

      This former US Marine is curious to know what you think about what Reality Winner did.

      I note that the media isn’t focused at all on the CONTENT of the leak. They’re solely focused on the leaker.

      The CONTENT of her leak is enough to prove that TRUMP is seditious.

      • RoverSerton

        That is the sticky wicket. As I posted below, A single classified document that targets specific wrong doing is different than a dump of docs. A document that you, in good conscience believe Americans should know about vs. thousands of documents, many of which could only benefit our adversaries. Reality Winner should have gave it to a Georgetown law professor.

        I appreciate the gravity. Had I known torture was going on, i couldn’t have ignored it.

        Luckily, I never had to decide conscience over country.

    • stevenj

      The Commander in Chief does not seem to understand the US Constitution or the oath he took either.
      Fortunately the truth almost always comes out. It’s not always through a leak. It’s not always by a serviceperson. Sometimes it takes years of research and investigative journalism or sometimes a book or a late in life confession. Sometimes you have to go looking for it. Sometimes we never find out the truth or care to confront it. As a US taxpayer I would like to think my taxes are well spent. Unfortunately that does not seem to always be the case. History tells us the intelligence agencies have quite a (hidden) history.

  • james1200

    She looks stunning, like Robin Wright Penn.

    http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/38000000/robin-wright-robin-wright-penn-38088434-500-248.gif

    As for everything else, I don’t like it when an evil right-wing piece of shit like Trump is committing treason and I don’t like it when someone with left-wing ideals does the same. Trump has made me the most patriotic I’ve ever been, I guess.

  • chris james

    The solitary confinement is akin to torture, something our military is quite familiar doing to people they don’t like. I say Chelsea had enough confinement, and just want to comment that when Trump is found guilty of sharing classified info with the Russians he’ll prolly get confined to a golf course of his choosing.

    • Kevin Weinsteiger

      if that’s all we’ll be holding his money he stole from us while he sleeps on feather pillows and bedding

    • The_Wretched

      She wasn’t just held in solitary, they held her in ‘suicide watch’. That meant constant surveillance and nothing ‘dangerous’ in her cell including sheets and paper. Her confinement was intentionally brutal ‘to send a message’ to other leakers/ whistleblowers that they will be tortured and abused regardless of the US Constitution. The folks who decided that need to be up on charges.

    • bambinoitaliano

      I think that’s the problem. While there are laws in place to serve the entire nations, unfortunately, they are not being applied fairly because of financial ties to the legal system. A poor individual is not given equal access and full extend of the protection under the law as a wealthy individual.

  • Wayne W

    The AP should not be publishing her dead name. Formerly know as…wtf? Joe, I am sorry you felt the need to copy that without commenting on how wrong that is.

    • Butch

      That’s how a lot of people will recognize her, especially if they haven’t followed this case that closely. It’s part of her identity; there’s nothing wrong here.

    • edrex

      i respect the sensitivity of this issue, but she was charged as “bradley”, so it seems kind of relevant to draw the connection in a journalistic report.

      • another_steve

        I think it does no service to the trans rights cause to make ones “prior identity/status” something bad or dirty or evil. Something that “should not be spoken.”

        Just my opinion. Would be interesting to hear the opinions of trans people on this.

        • Natty Enquirer

          Indeed, it strikes me as an excess of drama.

      • Wayne W

        Can you explain how informing the reader of her previous name helps the reader to understand the story better or is information that makes the story clearer? What part of this article might have been confusing leaving that out?

    • Todd20036

      Oh yeah? Well what about the artist formerly known as Prince?

      • Butch

        Actually that thought occurred to me too.

      • edrex

        one can pronounce “chelsea.”

      • jmax

        Or the Jenner formerly known as Bruce?

    • bambinoitaliano

      It’s not a deliberation of ignoring her current status, rather her crime was committed pretransition. It’s only responsible to be inclusive of her identity within the timeline of her case when reporting.

      • Wayne W

        Her name is well-known and her previous name seems to be used mostly to make the irrelevant point that she is trans. It does not add information that informs the reader in any useful way.

  • Hanwi

    I don’t know if what she did was right or not, I’m just glad she’s out. She paid a heavy price for her actions. I wish her a long happy life, I hope she can stay safe.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Me too. I think part of the reason President Obama commuted her sentence has to do with political correctness and pressure from the LBGTQ community. As other said she had served the longest among those who committed similar crime, that could be another reason too.

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • safari

      What was the first?

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Trump’s tweet. But now there’s a third. Trump’s lawyer is going to file a complaint on Comey, which itself is illegal.

        • The_Wretched

          Trump has a long history of litigation abuse. This case won’t go anywhere. Comey also knew or must have strongly expected it’s coming. I suspect he’ll even get donations / an angel with big $$ to fund the defense.

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            People are all over it already. Norm Eisen is a fellow at the Brookings Institute & frmr Obama WH ethics czar.

            https://twitter.com/NormEisen/status/873173073557585920

          • The_Wretched

            It’s good to see it and it’s entirely expected. Trump doesn’t understand that government is not business and he can’t get away with the same type of bullying that he used before.

          • bambinoitaliano

            I wonder if Comey is afforded the same employee rights to file wrongful dismissal against the shit gibbon?

          • The_Wretched

            At will employment for the nominated positions. That won’t win as a legal matter. Evenmoreso, if he had that right and exercised it, it would reduce the scope of job offers that will go his way. And one more, the damages for a wrongful dismissal case are somewhat predicated on how hard it is for you to get a new job with similar pay / authority. There’s little doubt that Comey has offers piled up on his table.

          • bambinoitaliano

            No but the litigation would require some testimonies from both side that will inevitably touching on the subject of Russiangate.. I doubt it would go that far and as per usual the shit gibbon will settle out of court and pay a ransom courtesy of the tax payers.

    • Kelly Lape

      I would suggest that Herr Pumpkin Fuehrer has confused “followers” with “friends” and giving up Twitter would mean he’d have no “friends” left. Sad.

    • Rex

      But, he knows more than the Generals.

    • Derrick Johns

      And Trump cares about the military service people so much, but doesn’t know where the f.ck they are stationed in the world.

      I did not know there were US troops in Oatar until a few weeks ago, but I’m not the President of the United States.

  • jmax

    Who cares what secrets she leaked or what possible harm she may have caused the nation? What’s important is that she use the correct gender bathroom when she pees! /s

  • Kelly Lape

    It takes courage to break the law in defense of your conscience. I admire her courage.

    • Crazy Russian

      Careful there. Some also argue that refusing gay people service for “religious reasons” is also courageously defending your conscience.

      • bambinoitaliano

        That will lead us into the rabbit hole to debate what conscience is.

        • stevenj

          And intent.

  • JDS

    She looks like Eve Plumb who played Jan Brady. Wikileaks, Wikileaks, Wikileaks…

  • GayOldLady

    My problem with her wasn’t that she made a decision to get the information out, but WHO she released it to. There are whistle blower protections if you go through the proper channels. Even if she had released the records to a reputable news outlet that had it’s lawyers and advisers look through it and verify it and redact those things that hurt innocent people before releasing it. Manning made a catastrophic mistake. She paid a price. I’m glad Obama pardoned her but I hope that pardon doesn’t encourage others to go to Wikileaks and Julian Assange which, in my opinion, is nothing but an outlet for Russian propaganda.

    • I don’t think he issued a pardon. Just a sentence commutation. She’s still guilty of her crimes, and will forever have a record.

      • GayOldLady

        Oh! Ok. Thanks!

      • Lazycrockett

        Plus she is still in the armed services. She is still gonna face a bunch of blow back.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Thx for the (as usual) thoughtful comment, GayOldLady! Yes, I immediately thought of ‘proper channels’ as well. She did make a huge mistake, imo, and has now paid for it, as you noted. No pardon, just a commutation, as others have previously noted, too!

    • JCF

      “Wikileaks and Julian Assange which, in my opinion, is nothing but an outlet for Russian propaganda”

      I, for one, didn’t think of W/JA that way at the time Manning released the documents—I think it likely she didn’t, either.

  • safari

    O/T: The poor Trump-voting GOP representative is upset that people associate her with Donald
    https://twitter.com/RawStory/status/873172859358765056

    • The_Wretched

      It’s political negligence to not understand that where your hitch your horse matters.

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    • DoctorDJ

      Sorry, GOPers. It was your decision to jump onto this tDump Titanic.

      Quoting pre-raping Bill Cosby, “How long can you tread water? (Hey, hey, hey.)”

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Fat Albert, yes?

        • DoctorDJ

          No. Noah.
          “Voomppa. Ding!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgsFCyD4nEw

          • Phillip in L.A.

            When does the funny part start?

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            When the roofies kick in.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Do you play Bill Cosby in real life? :}

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Still waiting.

          • Guess?

            My sisters and I used to listen to his albums when we were young. Do you remember the bit about Spanish Fly where he was drugging a woman? I thought it was creepy back then but didn’t realize it was taken from life.

          • Kenster999

            Classic routine!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            (Agent 86.) Missed it by *that* much.

    • another_steve

      This is the hope: that Russiagate and the Republican Party’s backing of Trump bring down the entire horrid monstrosity that is today’s Republican Party.

      Let the theofascists (the base of today’s Republican Party) form their own religious party. Other nations have religious parties. We can deal with it.

      Let the remaining honorable Republicans (yes, there are still a few of them) keep their party or form a new one.

    • Acronym Jim
      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        I Lol’d!

    • bkmn

      You invite Trump into your bed you should not be appalled that your sheets turn orange.

      • Adam King

        And gritty.

    • Ross

      Wow. Read the story. The stupidity astonishes.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      I hear that Frederick Douglass kid is going places though. The best places. Maybe he should run for our district!

  • narutomania

    I will leave it to History to judge whether Ms Manning’s choice to reveal these secret documents to the public were “right” or not. History has the benefit of perspective and distanced that we simply cannot have in this time. Even seven years after the fact, it is still too soon.

    I suspect that her actions will be vindicated in the long run. But it all depends on who wins the cultural battle that we are currently waging here in the U.S. And that is being waged in several other western countries, too. It’s always this push and pull between a more Conservative State (with its severe ideological absolutes and cultural restrictions) and a more Liberal way of life (with its many viewpoints and diverse cultural approaches).

    • Phillip in L.A.

      It is a push and pull, true; but I see it as more of a cycle–think of a pendulum: first it swings left, then right, then left….

  • kevin000

    That haircut makes her look like a boy.

    • Silver Badger

      She’ll have to work on that. Hair growth takes time. For some of us, it refuses to grow at all. At least where we want it to grow.

      • Adam King

        I love those thick grey tufts sticking out of your ears. So fashion-forward!

    • Friday

      Well, I think she was forced to have it buzzed until recently in prison.

  • Silver Badger

    It is not what information she leaked, it is that she leaked it at all. I am glad President Obama commuted her sentence, but have trouble feeling sorry for her.

  • johnn

    “didn’t think she was risking national security when she leaked a trove of classified documents” OK how stupid is this person?

  • Phillip in L.A.

    The question I would like to ask Ms Manning is this: “Do you feel you accomplished anything tangible (or otherwise) by your actions? Please elaborate.”

    No snark.

  • bambinoitaliano

    It’s a very difficult dilemma for any patriot to justify one’s action. It’s easy in the case with the Trump administration and the several GOP congressmen colluding with the Russia, any patriot would have no issue exposing them by leaking information. What about an administration that clearly violates the human rights by overstepping its authority that involve slaughtering of innocents? POTUS is the commander in chief you have sworn to obey, as a soldier it means on duty to follow all order that include slaughtering innocents in the front line. How does one reconcile one’s morality when face with such dilemma, where a nation values contradict with the action and behavior of the administration?

    • Phillip in L.A.

      No. Duty is to follow “all LAWFUL orders”

      [Edited to add: But I agree with the overall sentiment of your comment, bambinoitaliano, especially the idea of reconciling morality with such dilemmas]

      • bambinoitaliano

        Does every POTUS officially and unofficially issued lawful orders? Same goes with all commanders in every level and every department.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          Not an expert on military law, but my understanding is that officers have a duty to determine whether orders are lawful. They have no obligation to follow orders that are not ‘lawful,’ but then of course they are taking the risk their entire “decision process” will be second-guessed by a court-martial (which might or might not end up agreeing with them)

  • justmeeeee

    Looking good, girl!

  • DesertSun59

    Remember the pedophile pizza store shooter? Well, someone EXACTLY like that guy will off Chelsea.

    Of that, you can be guaranteed.

    Those Righties are living in a dangerous fantasy world where their vigilante acts are moral acts in the eyes of their invented deity. Just like Muslim terrorists believe they’re blowing themselves up for the greater good.

  • MarkBuster

    We shouldn’t eat our own– she gets so much crap from the people who should be thanking her.

  • TJay229

    Is there a THANK YOU OBAMA in that interview?

    • Tiger Quinn

      Yes she did, calm the hell down.

      • TJay229

        Fuck him and you!

  • David Walker

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    • Nychta

      Thanks for posting. I remember that a while back Bud mentioned his health problems. I hope he’s feeling better now, and I’ll do what I can to help out.

  • JWC

    O/T Canada is celebrating 150 anniversary To commerate,100 Mounties in ceremonial red, stood shoulder to shoulder on the Capilano suspension. Quite the pose Posted for your enjoyment https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/067d9c6e05ff40d9a30927bb50ad37e2b1b74ba63128f9bf8f11019ca26a8537.jpg

  • Tiger Quinn

    So glad she survived.

  • Ish

    Every one of you wretches who don’t support the hero Chelsea Manning need to watch this video over and over and over again until you understand which side is good and which side is bad. Hint: Your government killing Iraqi children journalists and civilians is not the good guy. The scum who carried out these atrocities of war, and all the politicians who made them possible need to be brought into the light of day.

    All your talk of law, treason, military oaths, everything, is frankly so much fucking bullshit. Don’t be complicit with the United States’ ongoing mass murder of civilians in the middle east.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is9sxRfU-ik

    • Lars Littlefield

      I don’t know anyone who thinks invading Iraq either once or twice was a good idea. And the loss of life, the wide spread destruction, torture, and deaths of so many innocent Iraqi citizens is a major crime against humanity, just as serious as the holocaust, Vietnam, Pol Pot, etc.

      But just about everyone I know who reads your posts agrees that you really need to get your meds regulated and take up a positive, life-affirming hobby that helps those less fortunate than you. Posting rants and screaming at everyone that we’re all horrible and guilty of war crimes whereas you are pure of spirit and somehow enlightened to the point of saint hood is not doing anyone any good, especially you.

      So, fuck off. 🙂

      • Ish

        The fact that you’re lecturing me and not the people calling her a traitor leads me to believe you are full of shit. I do affirm life which is why the disgusting attitude of so many on this blog to the crimes of their beloved liberal politicians are so worthy of being called out.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Bill_Perdue is looking for you.

  • Professor Barnhardt

    She’s giving off sort of a Janet Leigh in “Psycho” vibe.

    http://www.tenfourmagazine.com/PIM/2010/AprilPoemPic.jpg