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U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe




U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe
U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe



http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/06/leak/ 

By Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter  
Threat Level
Wired.com
June 6, 2010

Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted 
of giving classified U.S. combat video and hundreds of thousands of 
classified State Department records to whistleblower site Wikileaks, 
Wired.com has learned.

SPC Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, was stationed at Forward 
Operating Base Hammer, 40 miles east of Baghdad, where he was arrested 
nearly two weeks ago by the Army's Criminal Investigation Division. A 
family member says he's being held in custody in Kuwait, and has not 
been formally charged.

Manning was turned in late last month by a former computer hacker with 
whom he spoke online. In the course of their chats, Manning took credit 
for leaking a headline-making video of a helicopter attack that 
Wikileaks posted online in April. The video showed a deadly 2007 U.S. 
helicopter air strike in Baghdad that claimed the lives of several 
innocent civilians.

He said he also leaked three other items to Wikileaks: a separate video 
showing the notorious 2009 Garani air strike in Afghanistan that 
Wikileaks has previously acknowledged is in its possession; a classified 
Army document evaluating Wikileaks as a security threat, which the site 
posted in March; and a previously unreported breach consisting of 
260,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables that Manning described as 
exposing "almost criminal political back dealings."

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