Chelsea Manning

About Chelsea

Chelsea E. Manning is a technologist and network security expert, analyst, and consultant whose actions showed the world that the conscience of individuals can make urgent change through bravery and determination. Beyond her work as a security consultant, she is a transparency activist, an author, a DJ, and a public speaker. She lectures to draw attention to the social, technological, and economic ramifications of artificial intelligence, and on the practical applications of machine learning. She is a vocal advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights as @xychelsea on Twitter and through her op-ed columns for the Guardian and the New York Times. As of 2021, Manning works as a security consultant specializing in questions of privacy, security, and hardware optimization.

Manning worked as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense where she publicly disclosed classified documents that revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon being sentenced to 35 years for unauthorized disclosure of government documents—an unprecedented amount of time for the charges alleged—she publicly identified as a trans woman and asserted her legal rights to medical therapy. After serving 7 years in military prison, President Barack Obama commuted her sentence to time served. She was released in 2017, after which she ran in the 2018 Maryland state senatorial primary, receiving the second highest number of Democratic votes (just over 6%). In 2019, she was the subject of the documentary XY Chelsea. In March 2019, she refused to testify before a federal grand jury on ethical grounds.

These experiences, and the insights they gave her, are fully documented in Chelsea’s 2022 memoir, ReadMe.txt from Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux.

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  1. README.txt: Whistleblower Chelsea Manning tells her story

    Join Here & Now co-host Scott Tong in a conversation with Manning where she’ll discuss her much anticipated memoir, “README.txt,” and recount her early life as a computer savvy kid, what drew her to the military, her gender transition while at Fort Leavenworth prison and her life now as an activist and DJ.

  2. Chelsea Manning, “The Future of Privacy and Data”

    Chelsea Manning joins Brown University students to address the importance of the human element in technology development and the imperative to operate with responsibility, accountability, and a strong moral compass—for the sake of not only our privacy, but for the future of humanity, which may well depend on it. Ms. Manning will also discuss her new memoir, “README.txt.”

  3. Virtual Book Talk: Chelsea Manning presents "ReadMe.txt: A Memoir" in conversation with Cory Doctorow

    Chelsea Manning discusses her journey and her memoir, “ReadMe.txt,” with Cory Doctorow in a live virtual event.


    DJ Chelsea Manning joins SQUISH for QUEERBAIT: HALLOWEEN!

  5. The Chicago Humanities Festival Presents: Chelsea Manning with Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova

    Join Chelsea Manning and Nadya Tolokonnikova (of the feminist protest and performance art group Pussy Riot) for a conversation about Manning’s memoir README.txt; and her journey fighting for institutional transparency, political activism, government accountability, and trans rights.

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Chelsea’s Memoir

An intimate, revealing memoir from one of the most important activists of our time.

In README.txt, Manning recounts how her pleas for increased institutional transparency and government accountability took place alongside a fight to defend her rights as a trans woman.

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Washington Post / “A memoir in which everything is classified and nothing is secret”

New York Times / “Why Chelsea Manning Went to WikiLeaks, and What It Cost Her”

The Daily Show / Chelsea Manning discusses “README.txt” with Trevor Noah

NPR / “Chelsea Manning shared secrets with WikiLeaks. Now she’s telling her own story”

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H3 Podcast / Interview with Chelsea Manning

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