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Manning Tied To Afghan WikiLeaks Data

From the Wall Street Journal:

Evidence Ties Manning to Afghan Leaks


July 29, 2010

WASHINGTON—Investigators have found concrete evidence linking Pfc. Bradley Manning with the leak of classified Afghanistan war reports, a defense official said.

A search of the computers used by Pfc. Manning yielded evidence he had downloaded the Afghanistan war logs, which span from 2004 until 2009, the official said. It’s not clear precisely what that evidence is.

The investigation is also looking at who might have helped Pfc. Manning provide the documents to WikiLeaks, a web-based group that earlier this week released 76,000 secret reports from Afghanistan.

Because of the focus on civilians who helped Pfc. Manning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department have been brought into aid the investigation lead by the Army Criminal Investigation Command

Pfc. Manning, 22 years old, was charged by the military earlier this month with illegally taking and disseminating a classified video as well as secret State Department files.

Defense officials have said the video taken by Pfc. Manning was the one released by WikiLeaks showing a U.S. military helicopter firing on a group of people in Baghdad. Two Reuters journalists and seven others were killed in the incident.

And, it should be noted, this clip was posted on WikiLeaks under the name ‘Collateral Murder.’ It also was edited to remove evidence of AK-47s and rocket launchers being raised toward the helicopter.

Investigators began examining Pfc. Manning’s actions in May when Adrian Lamo, the former computer hacker, alerted authorities that the private had potentially stolen classified documents…

Of course, Mr. Manning was the obvious suspect. According to a transcript of Manning’s online chats with Lamo he asked:

"if you had free reign [sic] over classified networks for long periods of time… say, 8-9 months… and you saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC… what would you do? … say… a database of half a million events during the iraq war… from 2004 to 2009… with reports, date time groups, lat-lon locations, casualty figures… ? or 260,000 state department cables from embassies and consulates all over the world, explaining how the first world exploits the third, in detail, from an internal perspective?"

If Mr. Manning does turn out to be the source, the question then arises why did WikiLeaks sit on these documents — since at least May and probably much longer?

Were they waiting for just the right time to release them?

And, if so, were they coordinating the leak with other people?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Manning Tied To Afghan WikiLeaks Data”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    You can bet your sweet bippy that the Obamanation in the Oval Office knew months before this was released.
    What happened to these dirtbags?

    Nothing, Nada, Zilch!!
    I know the Army guy is in trouble but what of the WIKI whacker?

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    As long as we fail to punish this type of crime, our country will not be safe.

  3. AmericanIPA says:

    Whew, I thought there for a minute is was Peyton Manning who did this!!!

    Seriously though, how do people get away with stuff like this nowadays? Oh yeah, they’re socialists and so are the media and the ruling elites. What was I thinking?

  4. Right of the People says:

    He needs to be spending the next 30 – 40 years in Leavenworth if he is guilty. The murderers and rapists in there don’t take kindly to traitors and neither will the guards. To bad we don’t have firing squads anymore.

  5. blindboygrunt says:

    “explaining how the first world exploits the third world…” Good God I can’t believe anyone still brings out that tired old phrase of ‘exploitation.’ To the left, exploitation is everytime one party does something THEY wouldn’t do. Since they would never work in a ‘sweat shop’, anyone who would, is, of course, exploited. Who cares if a parent’s only other option might be to watch their child starve to death or sell them into slavery?

    Anyway…isn’t this treason? Shouldn’t these scumbags be rounded up, tried, and if found guilty, put in the chair like the Rosenbergs?

  6. chainsaw says:

    There’s an old saying that in order to catch a thief, one needs to think like a thief. If it was known back in May that a pfc was responsible for the dissemination of classified information, maybe covert operators discovered an area of opportunity hence the delay in its release. I would not be surprised if Julian “Sausagehead” got a midnight phone call with the “we know where you live” message. When one of your own makes the call, you tend to listen. My guess is that wikileaks will not be in business very long.

  7. sheehanjihad says:

    Why bother having a treason law on the books if the Federal Government won’t apply the appropriate penalty for committing it? Manning is a traitor, his actions will result in the deaths of a lot of people who counted on remaining anonymous, yet nothing will happen to him save a few years in the brig.

    I don’t get it. Why do we have penalties for treason and not use them for scum traitors like Manning?

    I wonder how I would be treated should I decide to break some laws selectively….because I don’t like something or agree with it. If that were the case, most of Congress would be the focus of my ire….and like this manning POS…I would be following my conscience…..

    yeah, right. I would be socked away to rot because my viewpoint isn’t in lockstep with the progressive socialist leftist Government…..

  8. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    I doubt he had much if anything to do with it. He is the public face the regime is choosing to parade in front of the media as the scapegoat, two minutes hate if you will. To me it seems there is too much data for one guy to have had access and leaked it all. My money is on an inside job and this limp wrist is just some socialist idealog they got to play along, you know, for his country.

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