Bradley Manning Had Secrets 6min, 2011 The story of Bradley Manning, not as a Wikileaks ‘hacktivist’, but as a young American soldier simultaneously going through a crisis-of-conscious and a crisis-of-identity.
Animated in a rotoscoped pixel-art style and using dialogue from Bradley’s online conversations, the film explores issues of personal and political secrets, digital identity and alienation.
You may be thinking of Breanna Manning, former army intelligence analyst. She deserves to be free, she deserves a heros accolades, and she deserves to be called by her preferred name as pronoun. We all do.
(1:13:10 PM) bradass87: i just… dont wish to be a part of it… at least not now… im not ready… i wouldn’t mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much, if it wasn’t for the possibility of having pictures of me… plastered all over the world press… as boy…
(1:14:11 PM) bradass87: i’ve totally lost my mind… i make no sense… the CPU is not made for this motherboard…
(1:14:42 PM) bradass87: s/as boy/as a boy
(10:33:58 AM) bradass87: im already starting to give “Breanna” a digital presence… twitter, youtube accounts set up in her name
(10:35:02 AM) bradass87: domain and server set up some time this week… going to design and build an entire content management system from scratch
(10:35:43 AM) bradass87: literally going backwards four years to start over…
(10:56:28 AM) bradass87: this is such a disaster… //CRISIS//
(11:02:24 AM) bradass87: i need a lot more than a hug
(02:04:59 PM) bradass87: i punched a colleague in the face during an argument… (something I NEVER DO…!?) its whats sparked this whole saga
(02:06:44 PM) bradass87: as a result, i was referred (forced) to behavioral health… to evaluate me… as a result, my commander had access to all of my mental health files… ergo how they found out about my cross-dressing history, discomfort with my role in society, and the environment i’ve placed myself in
(1:43:59 PM) bradass87: im self medicating like crazy when im not toiling in the supply office (my new location, since im being discharged, im not offically intel anymore)
It’s crazy the way in which all the protests and solidarity stuff totally ignored this.
things about this really stick out:
It explains why she would reach out and spill her highly illegal risky activity to Adrian Lamo. He was exploiting her by talking to her about her gender identity and trouble related to it.
It makes the disturbing revelations about her prison conditions even more disturbing. When they stripped her naked and left her in a cell for days, it seems that this has even deeper psychological issues at play. I have little doubt that her interrogators know about her gender identity and are using it as a form of torment.
Wired is incredibly cis-sexist in not publishing this information. Fuck them.
I want to believe you, but I’m going to have to see some citation here.