by Denver Nicks
Published by Chicago Review Press, June 2012
Bradley Manning perpetrated the biggest breach of military security in American history. While serving as an Army intelligence analyst, he leaked an astounding amount of classified information to WikiLeaks: classified combat videos, plus hundreds of thousands of documents from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and from embassies around the globe. Nearly all of WikiLeaks’ headline-making releases of information have come from a single source: Bradley Manning.
The leaks affected governments the world over–the Arab Spring may have been sparked, in part, by Manning’s revelations. They propelled WikiLeaks to a level of international prominence it never had before and forever changed the delicate dance between secrecy and transparency.
Bradley Manning’s story is one of global significance, and yet he remains an enigma. Now, for the first time, the full truth will be told about a man who, at the age of only twenty-two, changed the world. Nicks’ book paints a nuanced portrait of a man haunted by demons and driven by hope, impulsive and cocky yet idealistic enough to follow his conscience.
Relying on numerous conversations with those who know Manning best and extensive chat logs published here for the first time, Nicks gives the full story of a bright, gay young man from middle America who signs on to serve his country but finds himself serving a cause he finds far more sinister. Manning’s is the morally complex tale of a soldier who took matters into his own hands in order to fulfill what he saw as a higher purpose.
Denver Nicks is a writer based in New York City. Originally from Oklahoma, he has developed a reputation for intrepid reporting in challenging contexts. Nicks has written about street art in Poland, a failed coup in the Philippines, post-coup Honduras, and the hidden working-class underbelly of Wall Street in the midst of the financial meltdown. A Fulbright Scholar, he holds a Master’s of Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His work has appeared in The Daily Beast, AlterNet, The Nation, This Land and other publications.
"Denver Nicks has written a page-turner that reads like a cyber-thriller."
- Ned Sublette, author of The World That Made New Orleans
"Denver Nicks has given us a suspenseful, sensitively drawn account of righteous rage, vigilante justice, and the young man who risked his future to make the truth known."
- James Gavin, author of Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker
"The conversations between Manning, his confidants, and others are expertly woven together in a way that propels the story along like a thrilling, suspense-filled novel."
- Randy L. Schmidt, author of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter