Tuesday, June 8, 2010



“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?


  1. Wait 'til they get this guy in the joint. They'll dress him up in doll clothes and pass him around.

    The punk will probably like that.

  2. I don't want to tar an entire generation with the same brush, but maybe 22 is a bit young (these days) to be trusted with so much access to sensitive information. I'm much older, too old to enlist, but I'd at least keep my mouth shut about what I was trusted to read.

  3. I hope the biggest, hardest SOB in Leavenworth makes this puke his girlfriend.

  4. Remember the good old days when treason was a death penalty offense, and we actually had the balls to carry out the sentence?

  5. I had 3 different intel analyst in my last trip, all in their 30s and quite competent. I do agree that a 22 year old rat bastard like this may be too young to have total access to all data but, it’s been this way for a long time. The vast majority of these guys are top notch.
    I remember during the Walker spy ring disaster thinking they should put kid gloves on the entire Navy. Guess we couldn't do that either. Oh well....jd

  6. And let me amend my previous comment to say that if these 200,000+ diplomatic cables get published as is rumored he should be charged with treason.

    And shot if convicted.

  7. I'd like to personally thank this piece of excrement for doing all in his power to make my kids orphans.

    I'll be thinking of you on my next deployment, you miserable wretched POS.

  8. 15 minutes of fame
    15 years in Leavenworth

    Hang onto the soap!

  9. What a stupid guy, seriously! think before act...it's better.