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Friday 18 October 2019

Chelsea Manning signs book deal for 'coming-of-age' memoir on WikiLeaks and life as a trans woman

Chelsea Manning has a book deal (Markus Schreiber/AP)
Chelsea Manning has a book deal (Markus Schreiber/AP)
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CHELSEA Manning, the former US Army intelligence analyst jailed for leaking government documents, has a book deal.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux announced this week that Manning's memoir, currently untitled, will come out next winter.

According to the publisher, Manning, 31, will write about her childhood and military service, about why she decided to send hundreds of thousands of classified materials to WikiLeaks, and about her life as a trans woman.

She told the New York Times it will be “coming-of-age story.”

She explained: “This is less a book about the case and more a book about trials, tribunals, struggles, difficulties, and overcoming them and surviving. If people are expecting to learn a lot more about the court martial and a lot more about the case, then they probably shouldn’t be interested in this book.

“But if they want to know more about what it’s like to be me and survive, then there are reams of information in here. It’s much more autobiographical than it is a narrative thriller or crime story or anything like that.”

Manning was sentenced to 35 years, but was released in May 2017 after President Barack Obama commuted her time in prison.

Recently, she was jailed for two months for refusing to answer a grand jury's questions about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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