Bradley Manning and a still from the Apache helicopter attack that appeared on WikiLeaks.

Military pressing charges against helicopter strike video leaker

Bradley Manning accused of unauthorized use of classified data for giving helicopter strike footage to WikiLeaks


Alex Pareene
July 6, 2010 7:45PM (UTC)

Pvt. Bradley Manning faces criminal charges for allegedly leaking a classified video to WikiLeaks. The video showed a 2007 Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad that killed two Reuters journalists and 10 other civilians. Manning also supposedly leaked video of a civilian massacre by American aircraft in Afghanistan as well as thousands of diplomatic cables. The charges are for "transferring classified data onto his personal computer and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system."

It's never been clear how Manning gained access to all the classified material. Also still unclear are the roles and motives of self-promoting hacker Adrian Lamo -- whom Manning "confessed" to -- and Wired magazine's Kevin Poulsen, who published the Lamo/Manning chatlogs. For background on the case you can't do better than this comprehensive post from Glenn Greenwald.

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The full charges -- including espionage -- are here.


Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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