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TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES: The U.S. vs. Private Manning (August 2013 Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Gosztola , Greg Mitchell
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"Greg Mitchell and Kevin Gosztola have provided, from the start, some of the most important coverage of WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning. They have shone a bright light on Manning’s courageous whistle-blowing and brutal incarceration--and now in this timely and vital book they raise many serious questions surrounding all of that, and the new legal maneuvers against him." -- DANIEL ELLSBERG

The first book of its kind, "Truth and Consequences" is now published in an updated and expanded August 2013 edition that covers Pfc. Manning's recent trial, conviction, and sentencing. It probes not just the life and worldwide impact of Manning, the U.S. Army private accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, but also the controversial legal proceedings against him. This dramatic and often surprising saga--the only book to follow the entire story from the first leak to the close of the trial--is written by two reporters who have followed his case from the beginning more closely than virtually any other journalists.

This e-book for Kindle, iPads and other devices--also available in a June 2013 print edition--could not be more timely. Manning now faces more than thirty years in prison for charges related to leaking documents and videos to WikiLeaks but supporters are now calling for clemency or a pardon.

"Truth and Consequences" is written by award-winning author Greg Mitchell, whose daily blog on WikiLeaks for The Nation magazine and many books have gained a wide following, and Kevin Gosztola, who writes for a popular blog at, "The Dissenter." Gosztola was one of the few reporters to attend all of the key hearings and the entire trial, starting in December 2011.

The new edition includes a compelling account of the trial, verdict and sentencing, and the strong critical reaction and protest from activists, journalists and other observers.

The book traces Manning from his childhood in Oklahoma to Baghdad, where he was arrested in May 2010 and charged with sending to WikiLeaks explosive secret reports relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and diplomatic cables exposing sensitive U.S. relations around the world--all of it long kept from the public. Then the authors probe the controversy that swirled around Manning's harsh treatment in the brig at the Marine base in Quantico, Va., and demonstrations all over the world -- even as some pundits and politicians in the U.S. called for Manning's execution.

The book then follows the Manning case right up to August 2013. The Appendix charts the dozens of revelations--and positive effects--produced by Manning's leaks.

Mitchell is the author of more than a dozen previous books, including "The Campaign of the Century" (winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize) and "So Wrong for So Long" (on Iraq and the media). He co-authored, with Robert Jay Lifton, "Hiroshima in America." His most recent books are "Atomic Cover-up," "So Wrong for So Long," and "Vonnegut and Me." He is the former editor of Editor & Publisher magazine.

Gosztola has written for The Nation and OpEd, among other sites, assisted Mitchell on his two earlier books on WikiLeaks and Manning, and now writes regularly for and its popular Dissenter section. This is his first book.

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  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Sinclair Books (August 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NLFR4S
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Recommend April 15, 2012
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Though it shows some signs of being an "instant book," the detail and thinking that went into the work makes for extremely worthwhile political analysis. It provides a strong factual recounting of the Lamo affair, which helped "capture" Manning. It provides excellent context for the military hearings, and documents Manning's imprisonment and mistreatment by authorities as well as we can determine from the outside. It covers the damage assessment from the leaks well. It's very acessible; for example, by drawing attention to the moment when Daniel Ellsberg placed his hand on Bradley Manning's shoulder in the military courtroom, the authors brilliantly provide historical context and meaning that explains to the reader in a single image why Manning's story is so important. The one complaint this reviewer has is the book's failure to explain who Manning is. It contains the full recounting of the family problems and sexual identity questions, but doesn't seem to provide a context that ties neatly with the document release. The authors, of course, had no access to Manning, which makes such a discussion difficult.

The very beginning pages cite the Karen Silkwood case, whose death in the town that Manning was born in, thirteen years previous to Manning's birth, is used to frame the book's central question: "Crescent residents still argue about Silkwood today: hero or political malcontent?" By the end of the book, that Manning is a hero for our times is made clear. "Truth And Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning" is an excellent and thoughtful account well worth reading.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A story which needs to be told August 6, 2012
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This book might benefit from a good editor, but as is, it tells an important story which is not being covered by the major media outlets. On finishing the book, I don't feel as though I understand Bradley Manning, but I know a lot more about him, and I know a lot more about the secrets which our government believes it is entitled to keep from us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ March 30, 2012
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This is a page turner! I couldn't put it down! If you have even a passing interest in how things have occurred with Wikileaks and Pfc Bradley Manning and how our government works, you owe it to yourself to read this. It's a bargain at $3.99.
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