Bradley Manning Had Email Discussions with Wikileaks Founder

Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 02:54 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The U.S. soldier accused of sending classified files to WikiLeaks had email discussions with the site's founder, specifically about a video of an Apache gunship attack, a government computer analyst testified at the court-martial on Wednesday.

The emails between Private First Class Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange included classified government data about Army activities in Iraq and State Department cables, said Mark Johnson, a computer forensics expert.

One of the unauthorized downloads turned over to WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy site, showed an Apache helicopter gunsight video of a July 2007 attack against suspected Iraqi combatants. At least 12 people were killed, including two Reuters staffers.

WikiLeaks posted the video on its website under the title "Collateral Murder."

The emails between Manning and Assange dealt "specifically with his release of the 'Collateral Murder' video," Johnson testified.

A review of Internet chat on the laptop computer Manning was using showed he had several email discussions with "Nathaniel Frank," an alias used by Assange, he said.

Manning, 25, is accused of releasing more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks. The most serious of the 21 charges he faces is aiding the enemy and, if convicted, he could receive a possible sentence of life in prison without parole.

Manning was a junior intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010 when WikiLeaks published the classified information.

In addition to U.S. military activities, "we have a number of State Department cables being discussed," Johnson said.

The cables are official, but unpublished, communications between the State Department and U.S. embassies. WikiLeaks began exposing the government secrets in 2010, stunning diplomats and U.S. officials who accused Manning of endangering lives and damaging sensitive diplomacy.

Johnson also testified that he found digital traces of information uploads from Manning's laptop to the WikiLeaks website.

Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for the past year to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning about allegations of rape and sexual assault. Assange, an Australian, denies the allegations.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Expert: 'Unusual' That Ebola Medical Staff Is Not Quarantined

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 22:43 PM

Infectious disease expert Dr. Robert Lahita says he is surprised medical personnel who have worked directly with Ebola p . . .

Rep. Charlie Rangel: ISIS Is Not a National Security Threat

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 22:34 PM

Rep. Charlie Rangel doesn't see a need or a reason for the U.S. to use military force against the Islamic State (ISIS),  . . .

Ex-Gov Turned Cannabis CEO: Pot Legal Across US by 2024

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 22:25 PM

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who runs a publicly traded marijuana products company called Cannabis Sativa, Inc.  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved