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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 Salon.com and BoingBoing have taken a sympathetic stance.  Salon.com 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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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: http://www.alternet.org/economy/145705/the_richest...

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.

quote:
"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
Chomsky!!??

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
quote:
"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!
http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&rlz=1B3...

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
quote:
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. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/machiavelli/ 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.
quote:
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.


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