A Queer Life Before WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning’s memoir “README.txt”

Tucker Lieberman
6 min readFeb 12

Book cover of README.txt by Chelsea Manning
README.txt on Bookshop

Chelsea Manning’s recent memoir tells her personal story, beginning with her childhood. She also explains how she decided to leak files about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the 1990s, when she was 10 years old and it was illegal to be gay in Oklahoma, she and another boy (n.b., she grew up as a boy) were…