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US soldier arrested over Iraq “collateral murder” video

A US soldier serving in Iraq has been arrested for allegedly leaking a classified combat video to a whistleblower website, Wikileaks, last year.

The video footage from a helicopter cockpit shows a deadly 2007 aerial strike in the Iraqi capital that killed 12 civilians including two journalists from the Reuters news agency.
A US soldier serving in Iraq has been arrested for allegedly leaking a classified combat video to a whistleblower website, Wikileaks, last year.

The video footage from a helicopter cockpit shows a deadly 2007 aerial strike in the Iraqi capital that killed 12 civilians including two journalists from the Reuters news agency.

US Army Specialist Bradley Manning, 22, was arrested last month after he reportedly bragged online about having leaked the information, including the video and US diplomatic cables.

The US military in a statement said Manning, who was deployed at a base near Baghdad, is in "pre-trial confinement for allegedly releasing classified information and is currently confined in Kuwait".

Manning's alleged action of supplying classified video and diplomatic communications to Wikileaks was first reported by Wired.com, the website of technology magazine Wired.

Pentagon probe

Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, said investigators were probing allegations that Manning supplied classified video and 260,000 secret diplomatic cables to Wikileaks.

"I think that's why the Criminal Investigative Division is taking a very scrupulous look at this," Whitman said in Washington.

Wired said Manning, from Maryland, was arrested nearly two weeks ago by the US Army's Criminal Investigation Division at Forward Operating Base Hammer, 64km east of Baghdad.

Philip Crowley, a US state department spokesman, said the department would take the leak of classified documents "seriously".

"It has particular impact in terms of revealing what we call sources and methods, compromising our ability to provide government leaders with the kind of analysis that they need to make informed decisions," Crowley said.

Wikileaks, a website that publishes anonymously sourced documents, released what it called previously unseen footage of the Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad in April.

'Military whistleblowers'

At the time Wikileaks said only that it had obtained the video "from a number of military whistleblowers" but did not provide any further information on how it got hold of it.

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original story from al jazeera - english ( http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/06/20106815818808270.html)

ass backward military system 09.Jun.2010 16:47

joe anybody

thanks for posting this update


(quote)
"said the department would take the leak of classified documents "seriously"."
(end quote)

hell why don't they take the 'killing of innocent people and journalist seriously?'

hell going after the whistle-blower leaking security documents THAT EXPOSE THE CORRUPT MURDEROUS SYSTEM should NOT BE A CRIME

hell all the ones covering this up and prosecuting the whistle/leaker should be investigated for hiding and abetting criminal human rights violations

the crime was not releasing this to wikileaks ...What we all watched the US military do in the video is criminal action

and we know ...THAT THERE IS MUCH MORE BEING COVERED UP... this was not an isolated mistake

Iraq Soldier Arrested 10.Jun.2010 09:43

Comrade V

Watch "Winter Soldier" to hear testimony from over 100 Iraq veterans discussing murder on the streets of Baghdad.