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Chelsea Manning is writing a memoir to be published in 2020

Chelsea Manning is a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who served seven years in military prison for sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks.
Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst, has spent time in jail for sharing secret documents with WikiLeaks. (Ford Fischer/News2Share/Reuters)

Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who served seven years in military prison for sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks, is writing a memoir to be released in Canada in 2020 by publisher McClelland & Stewart.

The yet-to-be-named memoir will follow Manning from childhood through to her controversial career in the military and becoming an advocate as a transgender woman.

The book explores Manning's decision to leak 720,000 classified military documents. Manning has said that she wanted to expose what she considered to be the U.S. military's disregard for how the Iraq War was affecting civilians, and that she was motivated "out of a love for my country."

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations. Her sentence was commuted by Barack Obama towards the end of his presidency. His decision drew criticism from his successor, Donald Trump.

Manning was released from prison in 2017, but recently served two months in jail for for refusing to testify to a federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. She was released on May 9, 2019, and has received a new subpoena to appear in court on May 16, 2019.

A polarizing figure in America, Manning's story was explored in the documentary XY Chelsea, as well as a play and an opera.

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