The New York-based publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux announced on May 13 that it will publish a new memoir next year by Chelsea Manning, a whistle-blower and former candidate for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat.
Colin Dickerman, vice president and executive editor of the publishing company, said in a news release that the memoir will “allow readers to experience the full depth, breadth, and weight,” of Manning’s journey for the first time.
She “has made headlines around the world, but they couldn't possibly capture the complexity of her experiences,” Dickerman said. “Here are the details of how and why she made the choices she did, along with her reckoning with the consequences."
Manning, a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer, was released from a northern Virginia jail on May 9 after she was held for two months for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks, the online site founded by Julian Assange that has released millions of classified documents. Previously, she served seven years of a 35-year sentence in military prison on a conviction of violating the Espionage Act. Manning was convicted of having given about 720,000 diplomatic cables and classified Army reports to Assange’s organization; U.S. President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in 2017.
But Manning’s taste of freedom could be short-lived; she received a subpoena to testify again on May 16, but defied the court order. She was ordered back to jail.
Manning previously was known as Bradley Manning. The day after her 2013 conviction, she announced that she was a transgender woman and was changing her name to Chelsea. In 2018, Manning challenged incumbent Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, but lost the election.
Though several books have been written about Manning and although she has granted extensive newspaper interviews, the as-yet untitled memoir will be the first time she will tell her story in her own words.
In the memoir, Manning will recount how her plea for increased institutional transparency and government accountability takes place alongside a fight to defend her rights as a transgender woman, the release said. She will discuss her struggles during childhood and adolescence, what led her to join the military and the pride she took in her work. The book also will explain how and why she sent classified military documents to WikiLeaks by using the memory card on her digital camera.
Foreign rights to the book have been sold to Canada and seven European countries.