June 07, 2010

U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested In WikiLeaks Video Probe (Bumped - Updated: WikiLeaks: If True Manning Is A National Hero)

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Via Wired

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 came to the attention of the FBI and Army investigators after he contacted former hacker Adrian Lamo late last month over instant messenger and e-mail. Lamo had just been the subject of a Wired.com article. Very quickly in his exchange with the ex-hacker, Manning claimed to be the Wikileaks video leaker.

“If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?” Manning asked.

When Manning told Lamo that he leaked a quarter-million classified embassy cables, Lamo contacted the Army, and then met with Army CID investigators and the FBI at a Starbucks near his house in Carmichael, California, where he passed the agents a copy of the chat logs. At their second meeting with Lamo on May 27, FBI agents from the Oakland Field Office told the hacker that Manning had been arrested the day before in Iraq by Army CID investigators.

Lamo has contributed funds to Wikileaks in the past, and says he agonized over the decision to expose Manning — he says he’s frequently contacted by hackers who want to talk about their adventures, and he’s never considered reporting anyone before. The supposed diplomatic cable leak, however, made him believe Manning’s actions were genuinely dangerous to U.S. national security[...]

Manning had already been sifting through the classified networks for months when he discovered the Iraq video in late 2009, he said. The video, later released by Wikileaks under the title “Collateral Murder,” shows a 2007 Army helicopter attack on a group of men, some of whom were armed, that the soldiers believed were insurgents. The attack killed two Reuters employees and an unarmed Baghdad man who stumbled on the scene afterward and tried to rescue one of the wounded by pulling him into his van. The man’s two children were in the van and suffered serious injuries in the hail of gunfire.

“At first glance it was just a bunch of guys getting shot up by a helicopter,” Manning wrote of the video. “No big deal … about two dozen more where that came from, right? But something struck me as odd with the van thing, and also the fact it was being stored in a JAG officer’s directory. So I looked into it.”[Read it ALL]

I can't do the article justice, so please read it all .

I certainly hope Manning enjoys the attention he is receiving now.

Hats off to Lamo for doing the right thing.

To Manning: "you are a feckin assmaggott"!!

Update: Huff & Puff commenters are feckin assmaggotts's also.

Update II: Ronin originally spotted this story at the NYTimes. I didn't use it due to misleading headline (no mention of Intel Analysis in headline) & image the "No 1 Intel leaker" used. Upon furthing reading WikiLeaks appears to be doing damage control (with the help of the slimes no less)

Comments posted on the WikiLeaks Twitter feed on Monday warned journalists not to trust Mr. Lamo or Mr. Paulson, but also said:

We are investigating the claims, if true, sources should be reminded to ONLY SPEAK TO WIKILEAKS.

We never collect personal information on our sources, so we are are unable as yet to confirm the Manning story.

Allegations in Wired that we have been sent 260,000 classified U.S. embassy cables are, as far as we can tell, incorrect.

If Brad Manning, 22, is the “Collateral Murder” & Garani massacre whistleblower then, without doubt, he’s a national hero.

Umm, WikiLeaks - feck you assmaggots also.

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