Chelsea Manning changed the course of history when she released hundreds of thousands of government documents. Less than a year after being released from prison, she joined Vogue's Sally Singer to discuss her new life, radical politics, and the consequences of unchecked state power at the 2018 SXSW Conference.
"I am not afraid of being a former prisoner. I am not afraid of being a trans person. I am not afraid of being who I am and saying what I did happened. I am going to continue to do things, so it was really an act of defiance." - Chelsea Manning on joining social media after her release.*
In addition to readjusting to normalcy after her prison sentence, Manning has involved herself with a number of different projects. She has a documentary about her life in the works, she's currently writing a book, and — most importantly — in January of this year she announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.
Roughly halfway through the conversation, Singer asked about the gathering of information and what advice Manning could offer to people to protect themselves. Manning responded with, "be self-aware of the information you are putting out there...being self-aware when you are revealing something about yourself and whenever it is no longer needed, being self-conscious enough to make it no longer available."
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Chelsea Manning and Sally Singer - Photo by Jon Currie