By Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter
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
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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