"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" probes not just the life and worldwide impact of Bradley Manning--the U.S. Army private accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks--but also the current legal proceedings against him. This new edition updates the Manning case, and events surrounding it, right up to the start of his trial in early June 2013. The dramatic and often surprising story is written by the two reporters who have followed his case, from the beginning, perhaps more closely than any other journalists.
The book--also available as an e-book--could not be more timely and closely observed. Kevin Gosztola was one of the few reporters to attend most of the key hearings since December 2011. Manning faces a life sentence for allegedly "aiding the enemy." His incarceration, often under inhumane conditions, and legal case have inspired international attention and protest.
"Truth and Consequences" is written by award-winning author Greg Mitchell, whose daily blog on WikiLeaks for The Nation magazine and book "The Age of WikiLeaks" gained a wide following, and Kevin Gosztola, who writes for a popular blog at Firedoglake.com, "The Dissenter."
The new book includes most of Mitchell's earlier volume, "Bradley Manning" as Part I -- and then an equally in-depth Part II by Gosztola on all of the legal moves against Manning. Now, in the second edition, they bring the story fully up to date. Can Manning get a fair trial? Will he? Will Julian Assange's legal problems get much worse if he is personally tied to Manning? This book raises provocative issues that must be addressed.
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. Then they 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 story right up to June 2013, as Gosztola analyzes the legal maneuvering and Mitchell probes the weak media coverage and other issues.