22-Year-Old Gave Classified Materials to Wikileaks

Army analyst leaked 'collateral murder' video
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted Jun 7, 2010 1:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – The government has detained a 22-year-old Army intelligence analyst who boasted of leaking videos and diplomatic messages to watchdog site Wikileaks. Bradley Manning had been stationed at a base outside Baghdad, where he gained access to classified materials—some of which he deemed too important not to share. Two big leaks Manning claims credit for: the "collateral murder" video of a Baghdad helicopter attack, and the 2009 Garani airstrike video, which shows a predator drone vaporizing 100 Afghan civilians, Wired reports.

The biggest breach Manning has admitted to, however, had not previously been made public: The former analyst says he sent 260,000 classified diplomatic cables to Wikileaks, exposing “almost criminal political back dealings.” Manning reportedly admitted these leaks to Adrian Lamo, a fellow hacker, after seeing a profile on Lamo on Wired.com. “If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?” Lamo said Manning asked. Manning is being held in custody in Kuwait, and has not been formally charged so far.

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