We are committed to equality of opportunity and diversity.We aim to ensure that our people are treated with dignity, respect, and equity without distinction.When I asked her to draw lessons from her journey, she grew uneasy. The best option, Manning knew, lay in the formal appeal. “If you were trying to get them to be more gender neutral, they would make a point of being very gender specific,” Manning said. B., Anthony Raby, was seated at a bench in the embroidery shop, sewing name tapes for Army recruits, when a fellow prisoner dropped a note onto his table. Raby didn’t have to ask who the man was referring to. “I was pacing like a madman, sure they had not gotten to her in time.” Not wanting to aggravate the staff, Raby struggled to keep his composure.But Manning’s fight with the prison authorities was grinding into its third year, and she was tired. And a request for gender reassignment surgery had been met with silence. B., in her mind, was “creating, often deliberately and knowingly, situations that cause high levels of stress on any given number of people. Good people break down.”In July 2016, one of Manning’s closest friends at the U. A former Army specialist serving three decades for the rape of a young child, Raby had first met Manning in 2013, shortly after her arrival at the U. Around a.m., he was approached by an Army investigator: Manning was alive.Her crime, even in hindsight, was an astonishing one: handing Wiki Leaks approximately 250,000 American diplomatic cables and roughly 480,000 Army reports from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Crowley, an assistant secretary of state from 2009 to 2011, told me recently, “Julian Assange is just another fringe actor who resents what he sees as American hegemonic hubris.” To an extraordinary extent, Manning’s actions, in the words of Denver Nicks, the author of a book on her case, represented the “beginning of the information age exploding upon itself”: a new era in which leaks were a weapon, data security was of paramount importance and privacy felt illusory.Collectively the largest leak of classified records in American history, the disclosures cleared a path for Edward Snowden and elevated the profile of Julian Assange, then little known outside hacker circles. In January 2017, after being locked up at five different facilities, in conditions a United Nations expert called “cruel” and “inhumane,” Manning had received a surprise commutation by President Barack Obama.n a gray morning this spring, Chelsea Manning climbed into the back seat of a black S. A storm was settling over Manhattan, and Manning was prepared for the weather, in chunky black Doc Martens with an umbrella and a form-fitting black dress. She wore little makeup: a spot of eyeliner, a smudge of pink lip gloss.
Isolation “changes you; it makes you angry,” she said.We were many floors up, suspended in the storm clouds, and through the window, I could see the spires of the skyscrapers on the other side of the Hudson River.Manning, who is 29, tapped an unplugged microwave next to the door and asked me to place my laptop inside: The Faraday cage in the microwave would block radio waves, she explained.The one-bedroom was furnished sparsely, with a wide glass table and a tan couch, opposite which Manning had set up an Xbox One video-game console.The art was of the anodyne motel variety — an old-masters-esque tableau, a canvas of a zebra standing in a forest.