Another Leak Arrest

The U.S. Army has arrested Spc. Bradley Manning of Potomac, Maryland for unauthorized disclosure of classified information.  Among other things, he is suspected of having provided the video of a 2007 Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad that killed several civilians to the Wikileaks web site, which published it online in April of this year.  The story was reported last night by Wired’s Threat Level blog.  See “U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe” by Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter.

Spc. Manning is currently being held in pre-trial confinement in Kuwait, according to an Army statement obtained by NPR.

His arrest is the third known apprehension of a suspected leaker during the Obama Administration, after Shamai Leibowitz and Thomas A. Drake, and seems to reflect an increasingly aggressive response to unauthorized disclosures of classified information.

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  1. David C. Lacks, Former US Army June 7, 2010 at 7:14 PM #

    “His arrest is the third known apprehension of a suspected leaker during the Obama Administration, after Shamai Leibowitz and Thomas A. Drake, and seems to reflect an increasingly aggressive response to unauthorized disclosures of classified information.”

    Your “organization’s” quote seems to imply that Obama is being more aggressive on those who leak information against our naton than perhaps others would be.

    If Manning did not do what he is currently being accused of, I hope your “news outlet” states that. If it is proven he is guilty of the charges, I hope you publicize that, withOUT trying to award more kudos to the President than are actually due him!

    I am sure the Army, and US (civilian) intelligence community would have taken this matter just as seriously had anyone else been in the White House?

    YOUR THOUGHTS, Mr. Aftergood?

  2. JoeAxe June 8, 2010 at 1:34 AM #

    bring them home and it will all stop

    That comment cracks me up…..Mr former army…..how do you get that he is giving kudos….that last statement is a FACT, not an opinion..this site is about SECRECY and the things done to keep it from the people.

    Do you not see the word SECRECY numerous times on this page??

    You would have been right there in the chopper shooting civs if you could, right?? Just like a just like a modern warfare video game.
    Oh no, the van is not marked, well the “help” with marked vehicles are probably too scared. So just let the kids get killed right? Kill the press, right? Those guys with “long weapons” are not even in the cross hairs, the PRESS IS!!! I hope who ever said shoot and the shooters get justice for killing civs.

    All these things would have occurred no matter who was in the office. It is not about the office or who is in it, not about left or right, R or D, it is about the world empire driving us into terrible DEBT that we will not recover from.

    Why can’t you understand that every one is not “FOR” all of this killing, war, borrowing money we do not have to spend on war? Tacking on BS onto a “war spending bill” so if you vote against it “Oh you don’t support the troops”. This is all garbage and needs to stop. Peace and love will win in the end, not force and violence.

  3. Jim Ford June 8, 2010 at 9:29 AM #

    I remember the military cover-up of the Mi Lai massacre in Vietnam, If this person had not blown the whistle, no one would ever know what happened to the civilians who were shot in error.

  4. Mike Stange June 8, 2010 at 12:44 PM #

    Right on Joe Axe—- if you kook at whats happening to our military lately — they are taking over other countries to control their resources — oil in Irag and uranium and cocain in Afghanistan —we piss off other countries using our helicopters and drones to control and blow up whole villages and devastate lives of innocents. Huge areas of other countries hate us and why shouldn’t they?– I think we should give leakers medals and buy them new houses for their efforts to show how bad we can be to other countries!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Arrest Over Iraqi Helicopter Slaughter Video Leak - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine - June 8, 2010

    [...] This “seems to reflect an increasingly aggressive response to unauthorized disclosures of classified information,” writes Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy for the Federation of American Scientists, on his Secrecy News blog. [...]