In February 2010 Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning wrote a short note to accompany her submission of Iraq and Afghan War data to prospective publishers:
“This is possibly one of the more significant documents of our time, removing the fog of war and revealing the true nature of twenty-first century asymmetric warfare.
Have a good day.”
Initially ignored by both the Washington Post and New York Times, Manning turned instead to the WikiLeaks organisation, whose work and operations she had become aware of through her analyst role; personal interest thereafter spurring further contact. Manning later said of her submission:
“I felt I had accomplished something that allowed me to have a clear conscience based upon what I had seen and read about and knew were happening in both Iraq and Afghanistan everyday.”
An act of conscience, then, founded on unease of the prosecution of the wars and their representation in government…
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