Thursday, July 29, 2010

Computer Whiz Leak History

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Today Pfc. and Howdy Doody look-alike Bradley Manning was named as the mystery man WikiLeaks leaker of 91,000 secret classified documents (15,000 of which have not yet been released) concerning the Afghan War.

Wall Street Journal reports,

The disclosure came as Defense Secretary Robert Gates pledged Thursday to "aggressively investigate the leak" and find ways to prevent further breaches, and told reporters that he had invited the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist the probe.

Defense officials said the FBI was investigating whether civilians aided Pfc. Manning in providing the information to WikiLeaks, a Web-based group that this week released 76,000 secret reports from Afghanistan.

Pfc. Manning already was charged by the military in July with illegally taking secret State Department files and disseminating a classified video, which defense officials said 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 2007 incident.

The 22-year-old private worked in intelligence operations in Baghdad. He was supposed to be examining intelligence relevant to Iraq, but defense officials said Pfc. Manning used his "Top Secret/SCI" clearance to tap into documents around the world.

A search of the computers yielded evidence he had downloaded the Afghanistan war logs, the defense official said. It isn't clear precisely what that evidence is. Investigators combing through Pfc. Manning's computers also found other classified material that has not been made public, the same official said.
Manning was arrested last May in a similar investigation says Wired on June 26,

Manning, 22, was arrested in late May after he was turned in by a former hacker he befriended online. In chats with ex-hacker Adrian Lamo, Manning claimed he leaked a variety of classified documents, databases and videos to Wikileaks, and described having direct contact with the site’s founder, Julian Assange, beginning sometime after Thanksgiving, 2009. He also said he’d been digging through classified government and military networks for more than a year.
Today, Wired says Manning was also investigated in 2008 for unauthorized You Tube uploads -

An Army private suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks was admonished as a trainee in 2008 for uploading YouTube videos discussing classified facilities, according to an Army official with direct knowledge of the incident.

Bradley Manning, now 22, was three months into his 16 weeks of training as an intelligence analyst when about 25 of his fellow students got together to report him for the videos in July 2008, says the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Manning, who enlisted in October 2007, had completed basic training and was receiving his advanced individual training at the Army’s Intelligence Center of Excellence at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

“It was brought up to his command, and his command took action on that,” says the official. “A lot of his actions back then, you couldn’t tell it would come to what it’s come to now, but it was a red flag.”
20/20 hindsight always sees the red flags.

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