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Chelsea Manning attacks Glenn Greenwald
The WikiLeaks source who was unjustly imprisoned by the U.S. government for leaking evidence of their crimes turns against one of her biggest allies
It’s not entirely clear what precipitated Chelsea Manning’s Twitter-thread going after independent journalist Glenn Greenwald this afternoon, but she makes some serious, if unspecific, accusations against him.
Who exactly has Greenwald hurt, harassed, humiliated, or intimidated to get ahead, and what has he lied about? Unfortunately for Manning, her flood-inspired epiphany in favor of self-described courage seems to be incomplete, as you can’t “take a stand” by simply making generic, unsubstantiated claims about someone in an attempt to assassinate their character. There’s nothing brave about running your mouth on Twitter.
As for Greenwald, he chalks this attack up to Manning disliking a perceived change, on her part, in his politics, and, presumably, his willingness to appear on Tucker Carlson’s television program on Fox News. It’s not clear exactly what Manning is specifically objecting to regarding Tucker Carlson in the screenshot of their conversation shared by Greenwald, but “nazbol demagogue” is probably an attempt to call Carlson a Nazi if I had to guess.
Whatever the source of her displeasure, it’s clear that Manning decided to handle it in the worst possible way, and, unless she actually can back up her claims, should probably apologize and own up to her mistake like an adult. Otherwise it’s clear that Greenwald is right and she’s cynically trying to raise her own stock by trying to tear him down.