Magazine article New Internationalist

The Passion of Bradley Manning

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Passion of Bradley Manning

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The Passion of Bradley Manning by Chase Madar (OR Books, ISBN 978 1 935928 53 9)

Early in his career, the US army decided that Private Bradley Manning was not really 'soldier material'. But still they sent the intelligent, five-foot tall computer wiz to war in Iraq.

The 24 year old is due in military court this month, accused of the biggest ever leak of state secrets - including 260,000 State Department cables. Chase Madar's book provides a timely insight into the case, the man, and the context.

A lawyer and journalist, Madar asks: is Manning a traitor or a hero? With eloquent anger he unpicks the hypocrisy of official secrecy - the political élite constantly leaks classified material yet goes unpunished.

Many in the US media have sought biographical 'explanations' for the alleged whistle-blower's actions - his sexuality, his childhood, his loneliness. …

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