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The Passion of Bradley Manning: The Story Behind the Wikileaks Whistleblower Paperback – February 12, 2013
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“As this fine and important study reports, Bradley Manning holds to the principle that ‘it’s important the public should know what its government is doing.’ Release of the Wikileaks documents has been a courageous and important service to this cause.” —Noam Chomsky
“Time after time, patriotic whistleblowers like Bradley Manning are fired, shunned, or prosecuted, despite their heroic efforts to protect the public from a secretive government’s illegal activities. It’s time to do what we can to protect these brave souls, and reading Chase Madar’s fine book is an excellent start.” —Former US Senator James Abourezk
“Chase Madar has written a powerful, compelling and moving defense of Bradley Manning. Bravo!” —Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
“The mistreatment, trial, and fate of Private Bradley Manning will undoubtedly read like an obituary on the Obama years. His case is a crucial one, and Chase Madar turned his sharp eye on it early. This is the single must-read book on the case.” —Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com
“The Passion of Bradley Manning reminds us that it was James Madison himself who wrote that a popular government without popular information is but a prelude to tragedy or farce. Author and lawyer Chase Madar tells a great story that raises critical questions about the appropriate balance of government secrecy and national security in a modern democracy.” —Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
“The Passion of Bradley Manning ... tells the story of Manning both biographically and regarding Wikileaks and his imprisonment.” —Z Magazine
About the Author
Chase Madar is a lawyer in New York and a contributor to the London Review of Books and Le Monde diplomatique.
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Chase Madar is passionate about his subject and it shows in his writing. In it's simplicity it may invite criticism from some cynics that he is too biased or blinded to the other side. But he tells it like it is without worrying about the literary merits of his writing. It is like reading a damned good editorial in a good newspaper intent on exposing the truth.
This book has to be serialised in a popular magazine or newspaper to reach the average person in the street. Then and only then will the passion of idealistic people be rewarded and understood by the 'least common denominator'.
This book is a call to arms for us to insist on unbiased reporting by vested interests. Every article in every newspaper, every news item in the nightly news should be checked for facts to expose the lies of these media giants.
Don't expect poetry, don't expect well-set scenes, and don't expect well-defined images. This is a well researched story without frills. Don't enjoy it, just read it and get angry!