Bin Laden obtained classified cables leaked by Bradley Manning to Wikileaks, prosecutors claim


26 Responses to “Bin Laden obtained classified cables leaked by Bradley Manning to Wikileaks, prosecutors claim”

  1. chellberty says:

    The united states has never had an official secrets act and that was proven with the pentagon papers, Ellesberg would still be in prison otherwise.

  2. Dan Hibiki says:

    if only Bradley Manning was a rich banker…

  3. nowimnothing says:

    I believe she prefers Breanna Manning

    • Xeni Jardin says:

      Manning is not an object.

      Manning has a voice.

      We can only acknowledge the name by which he/she currently chooses to be identified. We do not have any public statement from Manning indicating that he/she wishes to be acknowledged as a transperson or female; only old chat logs leaked without Manning’s consent which are difficult to authenticate and may or may not represent his/her current wishes.

      When “Bradley Manning” asks the world to begin using the name “Breanna Manning,” and the female gender instead of the male, I will happily be the first to share this news.

      • oasisob1 says:

        In the meantime, Private Manning is 100% correct.

        • Xeni Jardin says:

          Sure, and it’s used here in that spirit. But “Private” isn’t Manning’s first name, and it’s silly to use that as a way to get around referencing the name at the center of the government’s legal action. I’m going with the name on the legal papers.

          • awjt says:

            It’s just sad that this poor person has been and is currently subject to 1. a government witch-hunt 2. brutal long-term solitary confinement, complete with extra bonus cruel treatment 3. endless ridicule and speculation about their sexuality on the Internet 4. trial by media 5. no family visitation and 6. probably has no idea any of this external stuff is going down.   


            I don’t believe in God, but please, God, help us.

          • nowimnothing says:

            Seconded, most of all this is just a sad case. 

            I was not trying to be pedantic.

      • nowimnothing says:

        Thanks for the info, I thought Manning had been more clear, but you are right.

  4. Joe Buck says:

    As Glenn Greenwald points out, Bin Laden also got access to classified material that was leaked to Bob Woodward, and this was valuable to his propaganda effort; he recommended that Americans read Woodward’s book, “Obama’s War”. Woodward got access to Top Secret information; nothing Manning leaked was so highly classified, because Manning didn’t have access.  So does Bob Woodward get the death penalty too?

    • scolbath says:

      The issue is, Bob Woodward didn’t sign a legally binding non-disclosure statement promising not to disseminate specific information, an example of which is this:

      • aikimoe says:

        You don’t have to be a member of the military to be prosecuted for leaking classified documents or for “aiding and abetting the enemy.”  

        Manning’s problem was that he leaked classified information (though not as classified as the information that Woodward leaked) that made the U.S. government look bad.

      • WinstonSmith2012 says:

         “Bob Woodward didn’t sign a legally binding non-disclosure statement promising not to disseminate specific information”

        However, Woodward’s source(s) most certainly did.

  5. here’s a link to that Greenwald piece – very worth the time to read this – how we go from promises of a transparent govt. and whistleblower protection to this…

  6. chronoss says:

    howd that work out for binladen anyways

  7. Avram Grumer says:

    It’s illegal to laugh at New York Times articles now? I may have to drop off the Internet entirely. 

    • Boundegar says:

      Anybody who can laugh during the War on Terror is clearly on the enemy side.  Patriotic Americans are too terrified to laugh.

  8. Ito Kagehisa says:

     And also Hitler.

  9. ChurchTucker says:

    “Hey Ahmed, pass me the New York Times.”


  10. WinstonSmith2012 says:

    “Bin Laden obtained classified cables leaked by Bradley Manning to Wikileaks”

    Big deal.  So did anyone else who wanted to download them at that time from multiple sites.  And they were only classified as secret, some perhaps secret noforn, because that was the level of _general_ classification for the particular network Manning was on.  That’s generally bubble gum garbage material in the overclassified world of military and state department traffic.  The “good stuff” is top secret and above, “above top secret” meaning special access programs:

  11. bshock says:

    It also seems possible that Osama Bin Laden inhaled some of the same air molecules exhaled by Bradley Manning.

    Coincidence?  I don’t think so.

  12. Jen Onymous says:

    Oy vey.  Please don’t tell me that the Gubmint is actually trying to “Emanuel Goldstein” Manning.  Not only is he against Big Brother, but he met with The Ultimate Enemy DIRECTLY.


  13. Bangorian says:

    You know that you are totally screwed when the government cooks up some way to link your case to Bin Laden.

  14. Dennis Smith says:

    The way the judge has responded to the pre-trial treatment he has received demonstrates the judge has already sentenced BM and this is just a show for the public to make it look like it was all properly conducted, and the trial was fair, but he is guilty anyway. The judge clearly is acting on orders from above.

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