July 6th, 2010
10:48 AM ET

Military: U.S. soldier to be charged in leak of strike video

[Updated at 11:46 a.m.] The U.S. military said Tuesday it is pressing criminal charges against Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, 22, for allegedly transferring classified data onto his personal computer and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system.

Manning of Potomac, Maryland, is suspected of leaking a classified 2007 video of an Apache helicopter strike that killed 12 civilians in Baghdad, including two journalists from the Reuters wire service, the military said.

Manning was deployed with the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, in Baghdad, Iraq, according to the military.

According to Wired.com, Manning leaked the video to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.com, which posted the video in April. Wired.com reported that Manning confessed to the leak in a series of online chats with a former computer hacker.

He allegedly owned up to leaking other items to WikiLeaks, including a classified Army document assessing the threat level of the website, according to the article, as well as State Department cables.

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  1. JD

    war+lies:1 / peace+truth: 0

    July 7, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. David Dell

    The soldier who leaked this video is a HERO! The crimes of the New World Order must be exposed. They have de-Humanized our soldiers and now our soldiers are de-Humanizing everyone they can. Listen to Alex Jones at INFOWARS.com for the REAL TRUTH.
    Targeting journalists is a tactic used in wars. Many other Journalists have died too this way, by American Forces in the past. Remember when our tanks fired into a high-rise hotel in Baghdad during the start of this war? ...yep only Journalists were killed. They knew exactly what room they were in too.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • David Dell

      Also an A-10 fired into the Al-Jazera TV station after they aired a beheading video.
      There is a Pat Tilman movie coming out soon to expose that cover-up and we all know they lied about the Jessica Lynch story, she went before Congress to expose that. The wars are illegal to get resources, Opium and Oil.

      July 7, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. ikariiii

    "What's ignorant is people thinking war should be fair."
    -Patriot808

    Whats ignorant is thinking war solves problems...... fuking america.

    July 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Terrible

    Now this is a soldier who should be receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is one of the few deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan that I have heard of actually upholding his oath of service.

    another old vet

    July 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Terrible

    It's amazing all the comments on this site supporting the war crimes against the United States that were committed by the Bush administration. Who knew there were so many traitors in our midst.

    another old vet

    July 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Carrie

    The military commanders of that unit ALL THE WAY UP THE CHAIN should be FIRED! These actions are obviously "business as usual". How is it that the WHISTLEBLOWER is being persecuted rather than those who committed the crime and are trying to cover it up - who are in FACT THE PERPETRATORS!
    IT'S APPARENT THAT THERE "IS" NO JUSTICE AND THAT CRIMINALS ARE IN CHARGE OF THE MILITARY AND THE COUNTRY, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO CHECKS AND BALANCES.

    July 8, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Scott Smith

    Killing innocent civilians, children included, is just fine with the US government. Telling somebody that we are doing it, that's a crime.
    Wow, The US is turning more in to North Korea everyday. What's next? Are they going to try to censor the entire internet? Oh yeah, they are.
    Whatever happened to 'The Land of the Free'?

    July 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Poppy

    We need to kill everyone like this

    July 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jane Doe

    If it was not for hero's like this man, we would never know the truth. All through school I was always taught how Christian our nation was and the best on this planet. I know the truth now. Evil corrupt liars who will stop at nothing for New World Order. This poor man now will either be doped up or highly abused the rest of his life.

    July 24, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. mo

    Honesty is the best policy and what this soldier is very courageous.He just told the truth to open the peoples eye and got punished and what he really deserved was a award from the government not punishment for telling the truth. For example,even when you go to the courthouse they till you to stand up and tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so what is all the commottion about. People always say to be honest and you will not get into trouble, please president Obama do something before it becomes too too late and every american should wake up and help their country not destroy it.

    July 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Sean

    Killing military personnels and killing civilians are different matters all together.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. pat

    the "rpg" is a camera. watch the whole video and you';d know that

    July 6, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. DRand

    Zak – If anyone watches the video they can see the weapons. Looked like two ak's and an rpg in a group of 12-15 men. When did this ambush you are talking about happen though? Those people were standing around talking, not in a defensive or attacking position. They were basically milling about talking to the journalists.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Charlie

    Zakn...what are you talking about? Yes our guys get ambushed; yes they get shot with AK's but it appears that nobody in that video had any weapons, just camera equipment so why would there be any mention of US soldiers being ambushed?

    July 6, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. shenanigans

    what video were you watching–last time i checked, taking pictures with a long lens camera doesn't equal an rpg

    July 6, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
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