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Army Intelligence Analyst Charged In Wikileaks Probe
Rachel Slajda –
An Army intelligence analyst, arrested in April for allegedly leaking a classified military video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad to WikiLeaks, is now facing eight criminal charges in connection with the leak.
Pfc. Bradley Manning was charged Monday with violating the Espionage Act by transmitting classified information to an unauthorized third party. He's also facing criminal charges for abusing access to a secret-level network, and is accused of uploading unauthorized software to the network.
The video, published by Wikileaks in April, shows a military helicopter firing on a group of civilians, killing several of them, including two journalists from Reuters.
Manning was arrested in April, according to Wired, after bragging online about leaking the video and other classified information to WikiLeaks. The other information included an Army document that evaluated WikiLeaks as a possible security threat and 260,000 classified State Department cables.