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Background on the Case of Heroic Bradley Manning Who, it appears, Released the "Collateral Murder" Video.


By War Criminals Watch - Posted on 16 July 2010

By Glenn Greenwald

From Salon.com | Original Article

On June 6, Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter of Wired reported that a 22-year-old U.S. Army Private in Iraq, Bradley Manning, had been detained after he "boasted" in an Internet chat -- with convicted computer hacker Adrian Lamo -- of leaking to WikiLeaks the now famous Apache Helicopter attack video, a yet-to-be-published video of a civilian-killing air attack in Afghanistan, and "hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records." Lamo, who holds himself out as a "journalist" and told Manning he was one, acted instead as government informant, notifying federal authorities of what Manning allegedly told him, and then proceeded to question Manning for days as he met with federal agents, leading to Manning's detention.

On June 10, former New York Times reporter Philip Shenon, writing in The Daily Beast, gave voice to anonymous "American officials" to announce that "Pentagon investigators" were trying "to determine the whereabouts of the Australian-born founder of the secretive website Wikileaks [Julian Assange] for fear that he may be about to publish a huge cache of classified State Department cables that, if made public, could do serious damage to national security." Some news outlets used that report to declare that there was a "Pentagon manhunt" underway for Assange -- as though he's some sort of dangerous fugitive.

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After reading this excellent article I decided to check if Wikileaks has gotten around to posting the video of the evidently major massacre, aerial attack the US committed in Afghanistan and which has been kept secret. This video is not yet found at the website, but I looked over some of the other content presently linked in the home page and the following piece is not directly related to the above article by Glenn Greenwald, but it's related enough in terms of censorship, police state, fascism, and so on.

"Cryptome.org takedown: Microsoft Global Criminal Compliance Handbook, 24 Feb 2010"

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Cryptome.org_takedown:_Microsoft_Global_Crimin...

Release date
February 24, 2010

Summary

Cryptome.org is a venerable New York-based anti-secrecy site that has been publishing since 1999. On Feb 24, 2010, the site was forcibly taken down following its publication of Microsoft's "Global Criminal Compliance Handbook", a confidential 22 page booklet designed for police and intelligence services. The guide provides a "menu" of information Microsoft collects on the users of its online services. Microsoft lawyers threatened Cryptome and its "printer", internet hosting provider giant Network Solutions, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA was designed to protect the legitimate rights of publishers, not to conceal scandalous internal documents that were never intended for sale. Although the action is a clear abuse of the DMCA, Network Solutions, a company with extensive connections to U.S. intelligence contractors, gagged the site in its entirety. Such actions are, in the opinions of those supporting transparency, a serious problem in the United States, where, although in theory the First Amendment protects the freedom of the press, in practice, censorship has been privatized via abuse of the judicial system and corporate patronage networks.

A download for the pdf is linked following the summary.

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