The first book of its kind, “Truth and Consequences” probes not just the life and worldwide impact of Bradley Manning–the U.S. Army private accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks–but also the current court-martial proceedings against him. This dramatic and often surprising story is written by the two reporters who have followed his case, from the beginning, perhaps more closely than any other journalists.
The book–also now available as an e-book–could not be more timely, as its second half covers the start of Manning’s court-martial through mid-March 2012. Kevin Gosztola was one of the few reporters to attend the key hearings in both December 2011 and March 2012. Manning faces a possible death sentence for allegedly “aiding the enemy.” His incarceration, often under inhumane conditions, and legal case have inspired international attention and protest.
“Truth and Consequences” is written by award-winning author Greg Mitchell, whose daily blog on WikiLeaks for The Nation magazine and book “The Age of WikiLeaks” gained a wide following, and Kevin Gosztola, who writes for a popular blog at Firedoglake.com, “The Dissenter.”
The new book includes most of Mitchell’s earlier volume, “Bradley Manning” as Part I — and then an equally in-depth, and brand new, Part II by Gosztola on the recent legal moves against Manning. Can Manning get a fair trial? Will he? This book raises provocative issues that must be addressed.
“Truth and Consequences” will appear in a print edition in early April 2012.
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. Then they 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 story right up to mid-March 2012, and Gosztola is there as surprising revelations and accusations arise, star witness Adrian Lamo–and Daniel Ellsberg–appear, and the military hearings move forward to a full court-martial possibly this summer.
Mitchell is the author of more than a dozen previous books, including “The Campaign of the Century” (winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize) and “So Wrong for So Long” (on Iraq and the media). He co-authored, with Robert Jay Lifton, “Hiroshima in America.” His most recent books are “Atomic Cover-up” and “Journeys With Beethoven.” He is the former editor of Editor & Publisher magazine.
Gosztola has written for The Nation and OpEd News.com, among other sites, assisted Mitchell on his two earlier books on WikiLeaks and Manning, and now writes regularly for Firedoglake.com and its popular Dissenter section. This is his first book. (Sinclair Books)