Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning: I'm a Transparency Activist, Not a Peace Activist


The more you know …

Chelsea Manning (formerly Pfc. Bradley Manning) was recently awarded the Sean MacBride Peace Prize by the International Peace Bureau for doing "outstanding work for peace, disarmament and/or human rights." There's a bit of a problem, though. Now that the famous military leaker is not so isolated and has settled into serving her sentence at Ft. Leavenworth, she's discovering how she is being presented by her own supporters, and she is concerned even they don't quite grasp why she did what she did. The Guardian explains:

Chelsea Manning, the WikiLeaks source formerly known as Bradley Manning, has expressed intense unhappiness at the public profile that is being presented about her, warning that a false impression is being given to the outside world that she is an anti-war pacifist and conscientious objector.

In a statement issued to the Guardian, Manning insists that she did not leak hundreds of thousands of US classified documents to WikiLeaks because she was explicitly motivated by pacifism. Rather, she sees herself as a "transparency advocate" who is convinced that the American people needs to be better informed.

"It's not terribly clear to me that my actions were explicitly done for 'peace'… I feel that the public cannot decide what actions and policies are or are not justified if they don't even know the most rudimentary details about them and their effects."

Manning said she didn't even realize she had won an award, but her lawyer talked to her and said she had gotten confused about it during the process of her indoctrination into prison.

Follow this story and more at Reason 24/7.

Spice up your blog or Website with Reason 24/7 news and Reason articles. You can get the widgets here. If you have a story that would be of interest to Reason's readers please let us know by emailing the 24/7 crew at, or tweet us stories at @reason247.

NEXT: California Claims 28,000 Successful Obamacare Sign-Ups

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. I wouldn't expect a Manning to be a peace activist with all those bombs they throw

    /disgruntled Chiefs fan

  2. It's not terribly clear to me that my actions were explicitly done for 'peace'


    Shouldn't she know what her motivations were?

    Or is she just incapable of making a coherent sentence?

    Or... is she that confused, that she isn't sure if it's "clear" whether or not her motivations were "explicitly" for "peace"?

    Baffling. Or more accurately, perhaps, babbling.

    1. A transsexual being confused about themselves? That's never happened before!

  3. she's discovering how she is being presented by her own supporters

    Wow... wow

    This is what I was asking when this whole thing broke. You had Manning supporters over here, then over there, you had Manning, and the two didn't seem to link up in the middle.

    The manning supporters had build a defense narrative that Manning him/herself never was claiming.

    Essentially, I was seeing two narratives, one from the supporters, one from Manning, and never the twain shall meet.

    1. She is like a 21st century Angela Davis.

  4. "Chelsea Manning (formerly Pfc. Bradley Manning)"

    Has he formally changed his name? Has he changed the sex on his birth certificate?

    Does he still have dangly bits? Did he used to have them?

    Can I go around calling myself Michelle Kwan and use the girls' locker room?

    1. Hell, for affirmative action purposes, can I list myself as part of a protected group so as to get a leg up?

      1. And speaking of getting a leg up, can I be admitted to Barnard if I tell them I'm a lesbian?

        Or are they going to go all transphobic on me and give me some line of BS about being a woman's college? I would tell them that I *think* I'm a woman, and that's all that matters!

  5. Calling someone with a penis a she, just because he claims he is a she, is ridiculous no matter how many times you do it.

    1. So true.

      Of course, where he is, Manning has plenty of opportunities to pretend that his rectum is a vagina...

  6. Thought I read "transgeneder activist."

  7. Isn't this same Sean McBride who headed the IRA?

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.