MYSPACE FACEBOOK GENERATION TRAITOR BUSTED
“If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?”
I dunno about you, but somehow the thought of betraying my oountry and causing potentially grave damage to National Security was never a temptation to me.
Army Specialist Bradley Manning, 22, is about to get a taste of reality.
Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S. combat video and hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records to whistleblower site Wikileaks:
U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe
SPC Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, was stationed at Forward Operating Base Hammer, 40 miles east of Baghdad, where he was arrested nearly two weeks ago by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division.
Manning was turned in late last month by a former computer hacker with whom he spoke online. In the course of their chats, Manning took credit for leaking a headline-making video of a helicopter attack that Wikileaks posted online in April. The video showed a deadly 2007 U.S. helicopter air strike in Baghdad that claimed the lives of several innocent civilians:
Manning came to the attention of the FBI and Army investigators after he contacted former hacker Adrian Lamo late last month over instant messenger and e-mail.
“I wouldn’t have done this if lives weren’t in danger,” says Lamo, former hacker Adrian Lamo, who contacted the FBI of Manning's activities. “He was in a war zone and basically trying to vacuum up as much classified information as he could, and just throwing it up into the air.”
Manning's Facebook photo
Manning passed the video to Wikileaks in February, he told Lamo. After April 5 when the video was released and made headlines Manning contacted 20-year-old Tyler Watkins - a close friend in Boston - from Iraq asking him about the reaction in the United States.
“He would message me, Are people talking about it?… Are the media saying anything?”
Self-gratification mindset; My Space, Facebook; it's all about me. Well, you got your Fifteen Minutes of Fame, kiddo - you happy now?