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Evidence was found linking the Wikileaks release of 76,000 classified
documents on the Afghanistan war to one Pfc. Bradley Manning, according
to a Wall Street Journal report Thursday.
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to the report, defense officials said Manning, 22, was the same soldier
who released a widely-publicized video of a US Army helicopter shooting
in Baghdad, an incident which resulted in the deaths of two Reuters
journalists and seven others.
Investigators searched the
computers used by Manning and found evidence he had downloaded the
Afghanistan war logs from 2004 to 2009, a defense official said,
according to the report.
Wikileaks has held back an additional
15,000 documents, and defense officials are looking through Manning's
computers in an attempt to figure out what documents have yet to be
released, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Manning worked in intelligence in Baghdad, but his high security clearance allowed him to examine documents around the world. Pfc.
Manning was charged earlier this month with providing the graphic video
of from a US Apache chopper which showed US troops gunning down seven
people, including two Reuters journalists.
The clear black and white film, which
runs about 38 minutes in full, shows the helicopters locating a group of
about a dozen men moving down a road, some of whom the aviators say are
believed to be carrying weapons. After being told they are "free to
engage," the gunships attack the group, apparently killing most of the
men, then also destroy a van after more people show up and attempt to
evacuate one of the wounded.
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