Letter Suggests Manning Wanted To Make History

By: AP
By: AP

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- An Army witness says the intelligence analyst blamed for the largest-ever leak of U.S. secrets boastfully declared he was changing history in a letter adjoining some data he allegedly sent to WikiLeaks.

Digital-crimes investigator David Shaver said Pfc. Bradley Manning's data card contained almost 50,000 classified battlefield reports. It also had something akin to a cover letter.

The letter stated, quoting: "This is possibly one of the more significant documents of our time, removing the fog of war and revealing the true nature of 21st century asymmetric warfare."

The prosecution and defense sparred Monday over forensic evidence linking the 24-year-old Oklahoma native to WikiLeaks' release of classified U.S. diplomatic and military cables. The hearing was adjourned in the afternoon and will resume Tuesday.

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  • by Sarge Location: CS on Dec 23, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    Now if he can only make the record books as the first active duty member executed for treason in over fifty years.
  • by Ryan Location: colorado springs on Dec 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    It is funny though that a Longmont corporation pleads guilty to selling high tech optics to China and Russia and the only thing that happens to them is a million dollar fine and probation. Or how about SAIC trying to disgrace a medal of honor recipient after he lambasts them for selling thermal sights to Pakistan which is no doubt being used against U.S. soldiers. None of these companies who openly betray the U.S. are really prosecuted because it takes money out of the pockets of the rich. It is like arresting the small time bank robber and rewarding the bankers with millions of tax dollar bonuses. In the end who has done more damage to the country? With that being said hang the private, just make sure the bankers and corrupt career politicians are twisting next to him.
  • by Dan Location: CS on Dec 19, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    The worst part is that Eddie Slovik was nowhere near as disloyal as Manning, but they won't have the fortitude to give him the same sentence. Be prepared for a dozen different stories from his lawyer; none of which offsetting the facts that 1) he was warned about his duty to protect classified information repeatedly and 2) he deliberately betrayed his nation during a time of war.
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