Marcy Wheeler


Marcy Wheeler, blogging as “emptywheel” at, discusses why Bradley Manning’s sudden transfer to Ft. Leavenworth may be the Pentagon’s tacit acknowledgment of his mistreatment; the effective pressure of protesters, foreign governments and the UN special rapporteur on torture; the apparent plan to drive Manning crazy so he is ruled incompetent to participate in his own trial; the DOD’s terrible computer network security and Wired chat logs snitch Adrian Lamo’s questionable credibility; and why the DOJ prefers espionage to whistleblowing.

MP3 here. (20:39)

Marcy Wheeler, a.k.a. emptywheel, blogs at Marcy grew up bicoastally, starting with every town in NY with an IBM. Then she moved to Poway, CA, home of several participants in the Duke Cunningham scandal.  Since then, she has lived in Western MA, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and finally–for the last 12 years–Ann Arbor.

She got a BA from Amherst College, where she spent much of her time on the rugby pitch. A PhD program in Comparative Literature brought her to MI; she got the PhD but decided academics was not her thing. Her research, though, was on a cool journalistic form called the “feuilleton”–a kind of conversational essay that was important to the expansion of modern newspapers in much of the rest of the world. It was pretty good preparation to become a blogger, if a PhD can ever be considered training for blogging.

After leaving academics, Marcy consulted for the auto industry, much of it in Asia. But her contract moved to Asia, along with most of Michigan’s jobs, so she did what anyone else would do. Write a book, and keep blogging.

5 thoughts on “Marcy Wheeler”

    1. The best lawyer is helpless when the commander in chief of the military says "he broke the law" before he even enters a plea. Obama is the commander of the body that is going to judge Manning. This blatant denial of Manning's constitutional right to due process is enough reason to arrest and prosecute the president. It's only a matter of time. We the people are waking up!

  1. This and thousands of other government intrusions since 911 must give rational people pause to think, why was there no investigation of 911? The facts of 911 being a inside job are overwhelming, yet none of the writers for are allowed to write on this subject. Raimondo has done a fine job for state tyranny by refusing a rational discussing on this issue. It's a shame he has no sense of this folly. The question must be asked, who's paying him off? Whatever the reason it tornishes's otherwise important message. These many wars could not have existed without 911. So, Raimondo says we will not look there but buy the whole enchalada of lies the government tells us. Raimondo makes me sick.

  2. Robert, I feel your pain.
    Otherwise rational people stop short when confronted with treason by high government officials (and I'm speaking of Bush, Cheney, Powell and the whole raft of them-many dual citizens with Israel). These citizens have somehow equated "President", "Vice President" (aka employees of the people) with "our Nation" and their minds won't let them cross that line. But it is crystal clear if you read the facts, that Bush was never elected. He as installed by a panel of 5 unelected holier-than-thou men in black robes with twisted language to preclude their actions being repeated by others. Rampant crimes against voters perpetrated by OH SOS Kenneth Blackwell then allowed Bush to again claim he won the next term. With our votes being created in secret as electrons behind a lying screen and lying paper trail, our elections are defacto "Faith-Based" anyway. No self-respecting nation would allow results of such unverifiable elections to control their lives. Germany for example has banned all electronic voting machines. Because Germans can think and reason. So we have election "results" determined by machines controlled by "technicians" of a handful of corporations with ties to one party. And we live with the consequences. Splendid. This never-elected infiltrator to the White House and his bunch of traitors proceeded to carry out the new Pearl Harbor cited in their PNAC document. All of the facts line up with reality, if you care to read them. But "impeachment is off the table", and "we only look forward, not backward"- except for Bradley Manning and other slaves of "the Nation".

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