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Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Edition of Our Book About Manning and Trial Published Tonight

Through the miracle of modern publishing, a new, updated and expanded edition of the book I wrote with Kevin Gosztola, Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Private Manning has been published tonight, in its e-book version (the print update has to wait a bit).  It now covers the case through the close of the trial, the verdict and yesterday's sentencing--and the reactions to all of it.  Gosztola, of course, is one of only three or four journalists who were there for the many months of hearings and then the trial.  Here's the new write-up from the Amazon book page.
"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" is now published in an updated and expanded August 2013 edition that covers Pfc. Manning's recent trial, conviction, and sentencing. It probes not just the life and worldwide impact of Manning, the U.S. Army private accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, but also the controversial legal proceedings against him. This dramatic and often surprising saga--the only book to follow the entire story from the first leak to the close of the trial--is written by the two reporters who have followed his case, from the beginning, more closely than virtually any other journalists.

This e-book for Kindle, iPads and other devices--also available in a June 2013 print edition--could not be more timely. Manning now faces more than thirty years in prison for charges related to leaking documents and videos to WikiLeaks.

"Truth and Consequences" is written by award-winning author Greg Mitchell, whose daily blog on WikiLeaks for The Nation magazine and numerous books have gained a wide following, and Kevin Gosztola, who writes for a popular blog at Firedoglake.com, "The Dissenter." Gosztola was one of the few reporters to attend all of the key hearings and the entire trial, starting in December 2011.

The new edition includes a compelling account of the trial, verdict and sentencing, and the strong critical reaction and protest from activists, journalists and other observers.

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--all of it long kept from the public. Then the authors 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 case right up to his trial and responses to the August 21, 2013, sentencing. 

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