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A copy of Manning's charge sheet  (Source: Boing Boing)

U.S. Army Intelligence officer, SPC Bradley Manning, in uniform  (Source: Wired)
Manning could face 70 years in prison for his crimes, but escapes the death penalty; DoD foes cry conspiracy

A U.S. military press release announced that a young intelligence official deeply involved with the nation's operations in Iraq has been charged with leaking confidential documents in gross violation of the U.S. Armed Force's digital policy and laws against espionage.

Pvt. 1st Class Bradley Manning, 22, of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Iraq, a U.S. Military specialist, was charged with two separate counts under the Uniform Code of Military Justice: one encompassing the eight alleged criminal offenses, and a second detailing four non-criminal violations of Army regulations governing the handling of classified information and computers.

The biggest criminal charge facing Manning is violation of provisions with the Espionage Act, 18 U.S.C. 793(e).  While passing confidential information to foreign governments can carry the death penalty under that act, in this case it was deemed that the information passed was to an unauthorized third-party, not a foreign nation.  Sources say those charges could carry a sentence of 50 to 70 years in prison -- a sentence which could potentially be shortened for cooperation or good behavior.

DailyTech has received information from a high ranking Department of Defense source involved with the the investigation, claiming that they had received no contact from attorneys retained and hired by the site that Manning allegedly leaked to -- Wikileaks.  This contradicts previous reports.  Wikileaks chief Julian Assange had previously stated that his efforts were rebuffed by U.S. government officials, a claim the DoD source states is believed to be false.

Manning will face a UCMJ Article 32 hearing, similar to one by a US grand jury.  That hearing will end with a recommendation by the principal investigator as to whether to subject Manning to court martial and punishment.

DailyTech has been extensively reporting on the situation, since Manning's arrest in May.  Manning had allegedly leaked a pair of gun cam videos of helicopter attacks which killed civilians in 2007 and 2009.  He also may have leaked other smaller, less consequential documents.  However, the leak that ultimately proved his undoing was his decision to allegedly release 260,000 classified U.S. embassy cables.  On those cables he remarked, " Hilary Clinton, and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack."

That leak compelled ex-hacker Adrian Lamo whom Manning bragged of his crimes to, to turn the young man over to the Department of Defense.

Public reaction on the incident has been mixed, as evidenced by the comments received here at DailyTech.  Some accuse the U.S. Armed Forces of a vast conspiracy to cover up its wrongdoing, and call Manning a martyr for a cause. 

Others state that Manning lost any credibility as a legitimate whistleblower when he released the embassy cables, which he did not fully review.  They point out that while the gun cam release might be whistleblowing -- akin to releasing corporate documents indicting individuals in your company in criminal activity -- that the following release amounted to a direct attack on an organization, not whistleblowing.  They say that act would be akin to leaking your company's entire server records, including information on pending intellectual property.

Likewise the coverage on the issue has been sharply divided.  Wired and Cryptome have published criticism of Wikileaks' and Manning's actions, while and BoingBoing have taken a sympathetic stance. journalist Glenn Greenwald even went as far as to post to Twitter that he was having difficulty overcoming his "blinding contempt " of Lamo's actions, illustrating his clear bias.

The issue has been a serious one for all involved.  It has led to Lamo receiving death threats and becoming a reviled figure in the hacking community.  It obviously threatens to take away the freedom of Bradley Manning.  For the U.S. government it marks an embarrassing breach in information.  And for Wikileaks it threatens the site's very existence.

While Wikileaks has gained much publicity for leaking a variety of documents -- from documents indicting Kenyan officials on corruption to European banking documents -- its bread and butter has been leaking U.S. information.  Over two thirds of its pages either target the U.S. or its close ally Iraq.  That has led some to less than charitably question whether the site is behaving as a hostile foreign intelligence agency.  The site does not disclose its funding sources, other than to say funding comes from anonymous donors.

Site founder Julian Assange, a convicted hacker who has expressed anarchistic leanings in his past publications, has not made clear why his site primarily targets the U.S., disproportionately with respect to our nation's GDP and military spending levels.  He also has become increasingly fearful of U.S. retaliation in recent years, moving around the world, reportedly at great expense to the site.

As of last week Wikileaks' secure server system -- its backbone -- was dead, essentially rendering the page useless for leaking purposes.  The site has not published a leaked document in four months, but Assange is reportedly crafting a followup video to "Collateral Murder" about the 2009 airstrike.

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It's dead...
By Daniel8uk on 7/6/2010 4:11:40 PM , Rating: 2
America died the day Kennedy was shot, that was your last president of the United States, he was the last freely elected president you guys ever had and this proves that, would a president who is elected by the people for the people allow a 19 year-old army officer face 70 years in prison for bringing illegal actions to light, which have been carried out by the military and covered up.

The mere fact that congress or the president is allowing all of this to take place shows you that they do not care about any American, or indeed any person on this earth.

Those innocent civilians who were killed by the helicopter pilot and gunner and those killed by the air strike deserves justice, and that can only happen when America has a transparent leadership and military which brings criminals to justice and truly aims for 'freedom'.

I'll probably get rated down for this, but it's the truth and the quicker people open their eyes to it the better life will be, not only for yourself but for your family and friends, trust me, the current issues America is going through can be solved, but it won't unless the people act.

/slightly unrelated rant, I agree, but it all ties in to this incident in some way.

RE: It's dead...
By Jaybus on 7/6/2010 4:45:50 PM , Rating: 3
Did someone remove your tin foil hat?

RE: It's dead...
By Daniel8uk on 7/6/2010 5:13:11 PM , Rating: 1
Nope, I believe those went out of fashion some time ago.

As much as you like to think the world is a beautiful (Nature aside) and fair place it just isn't.

I won't argue because you have your opinion, and I have mine and they are clearly different so let's leave it at that.

RE: It's dead...
By pequin06 on 7/6/2010 5:12:45 PM , Rating: 2
America died the day Kennedy was shot, that was your last president of the United States, he was the last freely elected president you guys ever had

Last freely elected?
Are you saying there wasn't any voter fraud or other issues?

RE: It's dead...
By Looey on 7/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: It's dead...
By Daniel8uk on 7/6/2010 9:10:19 PM , Rating: 2
If you guys go watch and listen to some of Kennedy's speeches you'll immediately understand what he stood for, that was the people and he was against corrupt organisations like the Federal Reserve, you probably won't know, or simply won't care, or understand, but before he was assassinated he had planned to sign control of money printing back to the US government, which would have dissolved the federal reserve and the private bankers would have lost out, you do know that for every single dollar America prints it goes into debt right?

That's why it's debt is something like $13 Trillion, and for each and every dollar printed it gets into more debt because the federal reserve, which is a private institution charges interest on each dollar.

After it was signed into law in 1913 no president has ever challenged it, except Kennedy and look where it got him.

That's what I mean by it was the last freely elected president, the whole government system would never risk allowing another president in like Kennedy, it would simply cause too much trouble for the agencies involved, you can clearly see this by the act Obama is putting on, he promised vast change and then went right ahead and extended the bush/ cheney era destruction of the constitution, not to mention the corporate bail-outs, the attacks on free speech, oh and that little thing where he has the ability to kill any American citizen, with out a trial or hearing, simply because there '''may''' be evidence that they are some how an 'evil terrorist'.

I'll admit I don't know much about early America, but I do pay attention to the shit that is happening in this world, and I believe America is responsible for the majority of that shit, not the people, I'm not attacking you personally, or the other poster.

Now, the above is just brief and put together off the top of my head but if you look at all the data and the current situation in America you can clearly see there are massive issues, right?

Also, I don't believe in the monarchy it's a waste of tax payers money, I'd rather the whole royal family moved back to Germany where they belong, it would save us a few million pounds a year ;)

Btw, I think this thread was about the manning case (Haha I've forgotten after writing all that), anyway, the real issue here is why is Manning being charged and threatened with 70 years in jail for leaking a video which showed war crimes, yet the pilot and gunner who actually committed the war crime(s) aren't in any trouble at all, if these men were part of a foreign army, oh let's say Iran there would be a call for their execution.

RE: It's dead...
By Zoridon on 7/7/2010 4:48:55 AM , Rating: 2
Kennedy? you've got to be kidding. His family made their money from breaking the law in the first place by bootlegging alcohol. Two women were dead mysteriously who just happened to be associated with the kennedies; one was pregnant with johns baby and drowned conveniently as his brother Teddy drove off a bridge and the other just happened to die by drug overdose. In your eyes if a terrorist straps kids to a nuclear silo in order to keep it safe from a pre-emptive strike by America its just fine and dandy. I bet you'd be in line accusing the U.S. of war crimes. Get a clue, children are nothing more than tools by radical fundamentalist to get bleeding hearts like you stirred up against the very people that keep the world free. The U.S is not perfect by any means and at times we elect morons, but nothing is perfect. You on the other hand willingly fall into the propaganda trap if not a willing accomplice. You even spout out misleading information about American presidents. I'll quote an old war movie when a soldier tells another "Why don't you write a book about yourself and title it "How I became a crud"".

RE: It's dead...
By Daniel8uk on 7/7/10, Rating: -1
RE: It's dead...
By knutjb on 7/7/2010 3:21:03 PM , Rating: 2
OK Chamberlain, get a grip and do a little more history. Your analogy to the NAZIs is rather ludicrous. I do have an example of failing to act.

We went into Somalia to quiet things down intending to help the civilians, Black Hawk Down and Clinton pulls out, three days later the Rwandan slaughter takes place. Look it up on the map and tell me if they would have slaughtered over 800,000 CIVILIANS if we had stayed in Somalia. I don't believe that the Rwanda massacre would have happened if we had the courage to stay in the area.

If we don't do it who's going to stop it? The UN? Yeah right. Look at Somalia now. Enabling bad behavior only begets more bad behavior. Nothing like the mess from the European Colonies in africa, middle east, asia...

RE: It's dead...
By michael67 on 7/7/2010 6:02:13 AM , Rating: 1
I am not disagreeing whit you on the Federal Reserve, if Americans would really understand how it works they would burn it down properly, but apparently most Americans hate big gov. and like to vent how they think about it, but never take the time to check how mouths more they are getting screwed by the Federal Reserve.

The Richest 1% of Americans possess more wealth than the combined wealth of the bottom 90%
Read this:

In the 70s a CEO was making 25x average worker, now its +500x.
Think about that a little more

Americans and for sure not only them, we also, should maybe pay more attention to crackpots like Noam Chomsky and people a like him.

"The war against working people should be understood to be a real war.... Specifically in the U.S., which happens to have a highly class-conscious business class.... And they have long seen themselves as fighting a bitter class war, except they don't want anybody else to know about it."
-- Noam Chomsky

Why don't they want you to know about it?
If people would really would wake up 90% of votes, out votes 1%.
I had a small hope that Obama would be more a fair for the people man, but he is just as bad as Bush, only more sneaky about it.

O yeah, and what about the news then, Uhh, is that maybe also controlled by that 1%?

But hey i am just a dumb dutch guy, ignorance is bliss ore is it now a days in bankrupt lower/middle class America?

Not saying everything is that great here in the rest of the EU, far from it, manipulation of tax rules and the truth from big money is just a global problem.

But the US is not alone in it, the City of London is as bad as Federal Reserve, as they have independent TAX/VAT rules that only benefit big money and screws everyone else over.

The more I try to look behind the PR curtain the more i hate the people in power from the UK and US.

Don't that this as a attack against America, if it is one, then more one against that 1% and not only in the US.

RE: It's dead...
By Daniel8uk on 7/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: It's dead...
By Reclaimer77 on 7/7/2010 5:35:33 PM , Rating: 2

He's a complete hypocrite who, like most of the left, does everything he condemns others for. He's a millionaire. He's done work for the U.S military. Social parasite, economic Protectionist, and amoral defense contractor. This self appointed "champion of the ordinary guy", who blames capitalism and America for all the worlds evils, has built a highly successful career by abandoning the very ideals and principles he claims to hold dear. He took millions from the Pentagon while denouncing it as the epitome of evil.

"Do as I say, not as I do". That's the message I get from Naom Chomsky.

RE: It's dead...
By michael67 on 7/7/2010 6:56:31 PM , Rating: 1
"Do as I say, not as I do"

What is wrong whit that?

So even if he is not perfect, dose not mean what he saying is not true, and I not saying anything like "Chomsky for president" ore so.

Hear the message not the man!
Start to think for your self, and don't let FOX news ore so do it for you.

watch Adam Curtis and so, a lot he is saying i don't agree on, but he dose make you think about things twice!

Its better to waste your time on him, then siting in front of the TV and waste time like that like a zombie.

RE: It's dead...
By knutjb on 7/7/2010 11:32:44 PM , Rating: 2
Its better to waste your time on him, then siting in front of the TV and waste time like that like a zombie.
Get real, Chomsky ain't it. Try Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince. It was a brilliant observation of human behavior and power in 1513 and amazingly accurate today. I am not saying don't expose yourself to a variety of ideas but know the history and actions of said author to provide context. Plato makes some interesting arguments in the Republic but the sum of the Republic is quite terrifying if it were ever applied and some elitist are trying to do so.
Hear the message not the man! Start to think for your self, and don't let FOX news ore so do it for you.
Lets see, FOX tells you something different than the other networks so is that not balancing the message, OK 1:5 if you actually consider them separate sources.

If you fail to know history you will find out anyway when it repeats. There have been a lot of things throughout history I don't want to see repeated.

RE: It's dead...
By Iksy on 7/7/2010 9:06:56 AM , Rating: 2
He wasn't an officer, not even remotely close.

The only thing that was "illegal" was him accessing files he didn't understand and interpreting them out of context. Think of it as you giving your six year old daughter a bath. Out of context, you're the worst kind of sex perv who should be shot immediately.

RE: It's dead...
By knutjb on 7/7/2010 3:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
Those innocent civilians who were killed by the helicopter pilot and gunner and those killed by the air strike deserves justice, and that can only happen when America has a transparent leadership and military which brings criminals to justice and truly aims for 'freedom'.
How do you know that they were innocent? The video? It's only one small piece of info. Just because there were a couple of reporters doesn't mean much. They were dressed in civilian clothes? What uniform do they wear? Of course the combatants would never use civies as cover now would they...

In war it's very dangerous to play arm chair quarterback with only a snippet of info. Do mistakes happen, yes. Is this one of them, I don't think so. Because the combatants know we do our best to not harm civilians they blend in with them to use them as human shields, which is a crime.

Any non-military location can become a legal military target once combatants move in with weapons, i.e. mosque, hospitals, civilian neighborhoods, etc... We choose not to attack them whenever possible, though they are legal targets, to not harm civilians. Sadly it's not always possible.

Show me any other war where so much effort has been taken to not harm the civilian population. I'll save you some time, you can't. Go look up your own war time failings before you throw rocks at others. Wasn't it the UK that pushed for and got the mass bombing on Dresden a non-military target as retribution for London?

RE: It's dead...
By RivuxGamma on 7/8/2010 8:53:07 PM , Rating: 2
Blah. Go blow Adam Curtis somewhere else. You're mucking up my screen.

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