The years since I was jailed for releasing the ‘war diaries’ have been a rollercoaster

India Political Prisoners

It can be difficult, sometimes, to make sense of all the things that have happened to me in the last five years

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 “In the years before these documents were collected, the public likely never had such a complete record of the chaotic nature of modern warfare”, writes Chelsea E Manning. Photograph: AP

Today marks five years since I was ordered into military confinement while deployed to Iraq in 2010. I find it difficult to believe, at times, just how long I have been in prison. Throughout this time, there have been so many ups and downs – it often feels like a physical and emotional roller coaster.

It all began in the first few weeks of 2010, when I made the life-changing decision to release to the public a repository of classified…

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