The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning




"A precious window into … the trial of America’s foremost political prisoner." —Julian Assange

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Drawing and writing in real time from inside the courtroom, artist and WikiLeaks activist Clark Stoeckley here captures first-hand the extraordinary drama of The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning, one of the most important and secretive trials in American history.

In the course of the trial, Private Manning insists that her release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs to WikiLeaks was an act of conscience, justified by the urgent need to reveal to the world the atrocities committed by the US military in the ostensible cause of freedom. At the prosecution table, military lawyers for the American government seek to set an example and discourage future whistleblowers by locking away Manning for decades, possibly the rest of her life.

Stoeckley’s vivid sketches from inside the court and beyond, together with carefully selected transcripts of the proceedings, trace the arguments as they move back and forth between the defence and the prosecution. His rendering of the trial provides both a vital record and a uniquely compelling read.

199 pages, fully illustrated in black & white • E-book with color illustrations
Paperback ISBN 978-1-939293-27-5 • E-book ISBN 978-1-939293-28-2

About the Author

Clark Stoeckley, widely known as the WikiLeaks Truck Driver, is an artist and activist working in a broad range of genres and under numerous names. He received a BFA in Alternative Media from Webster University and an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Art from Brooklyn College. His work has been shown at the Contemporary Museum St. Louis, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Emily Harvey Gallery, and Plato’s Cave and featured in ARTnews, The Nation, and The Wall Street Journal. His courtroom sketches from Bradley Manning’s court martial have appeared in VICE Magazine and on FireDogLake. He teaches Experimental Digital and Analog Media, Painting, and Drawing at Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

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