Readers will likely, of course, remember Chelsea Manning formerly as Bradley Manning – responsible for the largest leak in U.S. history of classified information. The people’s patriot and whistleblower declared publicly his desire to transition to a woman in August of 2013 and began the transition from male to female last year.
Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for her role in the historical information leak, which in turn landed founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, in the political hot seat, forcing him to virtually imprison himself in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy, where an office has been converted into a makeshift apartment for Assange after Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa declared he could remain “indefinitely” back in August of 2012.
Delighted to announce: Chelsea Manning joins @GuardianUS as a contributing opinion writer, writing on war, gender, freedom of information
— Katharine Viner (@KathViner) February 10, 2015
According to a memo from The Guardian, via Politico, Manning will not be paid for her columns, nor will her writing be set on a firm, regular schedule.
Just last year, Manning offered a little insight into her motivation for taking the actions she did to make the classified information public, writing in a New York Times column that she did so out of “a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.”
Only a very focused and consistent strategy of containment can be effective in reducing the growth and effectiveness of [IS] as a threat.
More personally, Manning wrote about the challenges and complications one encounters and endures as a transgender woman in yet another Guardian column last December.
Surely there is little doubt that the world will be awaiting Chelsea Manning’s next column with great anticipation.