State Department declassified portions of 44 of 116 cables charged against Manning under Espionage Act after her arrest

On the fifth anniversary of the publication of the July 2007 U.S. Baghdad, Iraq airstrike video (which killed up to twelve individuals including two journalists and also injured two children), the International Festival of Journalism (held in Perugia, Italy) hosted a panel to discuss Chelsea Manning and other whistleblowers.

I revealed for the first time that the Department of State declassified portions of 44 of the 116 diplomatic cables charged against Manning under the Espionage Act after her arrest. Manning was charged under the Espionage Act for only 247 documents.

Panel participants included Philip Di Salvo (European Journalism Observatory), Annie Machon (former MI5, whistleblower), Antonella Napolitano (CILD), Ben Wizner (ACLU), and myself.

Alexa O'Brien Alexa O'Brien conducts research and analysis about national security and law enforcement. Her work has been published in The New York Times, VICE News, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian (UK), The Daily Beast, NY Daily News, and featured on the BBC, PBS, NPR, Democracy Now!, and Public Radio International. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in the United Kingdom and listed in The Verge 50. In 2016, she worked at The Constitution Project in Washington, D.C. as a staff researcher and writer on an independent commission studying Oklahoma's death penalty. She also provided research support to scholars of the first cost study conducted on that state's capital punishment system. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, majoring in Political Science. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Applied Intelligence at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She resides in New York City.