I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan were targets that needed to be neutralized, but rather people who were struggling to live in the pressure cooker environment of what we call asymmetric warfare.— Chelsea Manning
The most astounding Chelsea Manning quotes that are little-known but priceless
I want people to see the truth... regardless of who they are... because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.
I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States.
It was never my intent to hurt anyone. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.
I prefer a painful truth over any blissful fantasy.
I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.
Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society
As Iraq erupts in civil war and America again contemplates intervention, that unfinished business should give new urgency to the question of how the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan.
There are just too many opportunities - and an increasing number of them - to hide systemic, institutional wrongdoing behind legal veils, legal theories, and arbitrary exemptions. I hope that we can start to chip away at this, but it sure looks like society is still sliding in the opposite direction.
There is far more to transitioning in the public eye than money, public relations, and logistics.
I don't think that I'm embracing any kind of leadership for transparency or trans advocacy.
Anxiety, depression, and suicide don't discriminate based on how much money you have - though it might make it easier for you to get help.
The press and free speech landscape has totally changed.
There is far less news reporting today. Instead, we have this endless stream of - largely meaningless and speculative - analysis by sideline commentators and self-proclaimed "experts."
I think the increased ubiquity of the internet and networked computing in general allowed me to have some tether no matter where I was geographically. I could log in to a computer from anywhere in the world and access the same information and the same people. It allowed me to transcend the physical differences.
I believe that the trans movement is at a crossroads.
We have achieved an unprecedented level of visibility in the last couple of years. However, that's not the same thing as equality.
I think it's actually kind of sweet how there is a reciprocal effect that our stories can have on each other.
I didn't really have anyone in particular who inspired me or that I found fascinating as a kid. It wasn't until I was in my early twenties that I began to find people - and they were all historic figures - that I began to relate to and find some inspiration in.
The sole relief I am asking for is to be released from military prison after serving six years of confinement as a person who did not intend to harm the interests of the United States or harm any service members.
I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility).
Investigative journalism and reporting has become much more dangerous.
This is especially true for journalists and sources in National Security - but it has been getting pretty bad for beat reporters and small outlets doing local reporting, too.
Visibility is not equality.
I don't believe that Freedom of Information laws, which have arbitrary time periods or broad blanket exemptions, meet the level of transparency that society needs today.
I lived a few miles outside of a tiny town in central Oklahoma.
I would often run amok though the fields of wheat, the patches of trees, along the railroad tracks, and on red dirt roads. This had a profound effect on my view of the world - vast, open-ended, full of opportunity, and ready for exploration.
There are very few distinctions between el bueno and el malo en la prisión militar. Instead of the good and the bad, there is the boring and la repetición - the repetitive. The routine is as endless as it is numbing.
Even if I didn't have the support that I have, I would still be fighting the same fights, and I would still be the same person that I am today.
Disturbingly, the First Amendment, along with the Fourth Amendment - protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures, and requiring warrants - have been the major casualties of the shift in government policy in the last two decades. Unfortunately, I think that the biggest consequences of this tragedy won't be clear until it is far, far too late.
The most important people for me, at least in the last couple of years since I came out, are my supersecret trans friends and confidantes. I think I need to come up with a code name for this circle.
Donations to my legal defense fund really help, and I think keeping me motivated and spreading the message are also very important.
I really don't care how I am perceived by people on the outside.
While being tossed around the world from place to place as a teenager, I wasn't really tethered to any place or anyone.
It can be so difficult to get people to think about systemic institutional problems. It is easier just to see the actions of one or two people and say, "That's wrong!"
I think that the next two generations of Americans will be grappling with the very real specter of finding themselves living in a new and bizarre kind of digital totalitarian state - one that looks and feels democratic on the surface, but has a fierce undercurrent of fear and technologically enforced fascism any time you step out of line. I really hope this isn't the case, but it looks really bad right now, doesn't it?
On a transparency front, I would say that I certainly dream of a world in which our local, state, and national and international governments and other organizations have a 21st century, digital-era transparency built into them by default.
As a young kid, I spent a lot of time exploring the world around me.
I think the embryonic digital world had the same affect on me as the openness of the old American frontier.
There is an awful lot of work to do to protect trans folks.
We are still disproportionally poor and administratively and institutionally discriminated against at all levels of society.
Day-to-day life is as simple as it is routine - though my days are often long and very busy.
If an organization produces a document, it should be made public as soon as possible.
I want people to see the truth.
I can only ask of those who care about me and the issues in my case to support me and spread the word about what is going on.
I am merely asking for a first chance to live my life outside the [U.
S. Disciplinary Barracks] as the person I was born to be.
It's not my goal to be a leader or spokesperson, or anything like that.
I think we can achieve meaningful change, but only if we demand that the institutions themselves change their behavior.
I have served a sufficiently long sentence. I am not asking for a pardon of my conviction.