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Originally posted by Xcathdra
The moment information beyond criminal wrong doing was transmitted, it was no longer a whistel blowing act. The manner in which the information was obtained by wikileaks, with the reports they provided encryption software to manning, is not receving but in fact assisting in the theft and transfer of classified information.
BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT:
[T]he computer hacker Adrian Lamo says two men from who say they attend the M.I.T., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Boston area say they helped Manning and one of them claiming allegedly to have taught Manning, the private, how to use encryption software….It’s really becoming a jigsaw puzzle, Drew. And every day it appears to be expanding. So, right now, we have the army’s criminal investigation division leading the investigation. We know the FBI and the justice department have been brought in. Sources telling us this morning now the Department of Homeland Security also is looking into this. They are trying to keep track of what accomplices may be out there, who out there in the civilian world, including people at MIT, may have helped Manning.
Important to say, of course, all these are allegations. It is only Manning that is facing charges from a previous disclosure of classified information. All of this remains to be proven in a court of law, but nonetheless, Lamo, the hacker, is saying that two men at MIT told him they tried to help Manning. They gave him encryption software, at least one of them.
Adrian Lamo, the Sacramento, Calif.-based computer hacker who turned in Bradley to military authorities in May, claimed in a telephone interview Saturday he had firsthand knowledge that someone helped Manning set up encryption software to send classified information to WikiLeaks.
Lamo, who's cooperating with investigators, wouldn't name the person but said the man was among a group of people in the Boston area who work with WikiLeaks. He said the man told him "he actually helped Private Manning set up the encryption software he used."
Lamo said the software enabled Manning to send classified data in small bits so that it would seem innocuous.
"It wouldn't look too much different from your average guy doing his banking on line," Lamo said.
He said Manning sent the data to get the attention of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Assange didn't immediately respond to an e-mailed query from AP about Lamo's claim.
Lamo, a computer hacker who this year traded instant messages with Manning, said in a telephone interview Friday with The New York Times that he believed that WikiLeaks was in part directing Manning and providing technical assistance to him in downloading classified information from military computers. Military officials would not confirm Lamo’s claim. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, did not respond to a Times e-mail seeking comment.
On 24 December 2009, WikiLeaks announced that it was experiencing a shortage of funds and suspended all access to its website except for a form to submit new material. Material that was previously published was no longer available, although some could still be accessed on unofficial mirrors. WikiLeaks stated on its website that it would resume full operation once the operational costs were covered. WikiLeaks saw this as a kind of strike "to ensure that everyone who is involved stops normal work and actually spends time raising revenue". While the organisation initially planned for funds to be secured by 6 January 2010, it was not until 3 February 2010 that WikiLeaks announced that its minimum fundraising goal had been achieved.
Times v. United States is generally considered a victory for an extensive reading of the First Amendment, but as the Supreme Court ruled on whether the government had made a successful case for prior restraint, its decision did not void the Espionage Act or give the press unlimited freedom to publish classified documents. Ellsberg and Russo were not acquitted of violating the Espionage Act; they were freed due to a mistrial from irregularities in the government's case.
“The recent dissemination by Wikileaks of thousands of State Department cables and other documents is just the latest example of how our national security interests, the interests of our allies, and the safety of government employees and countless other individuals are jeopardized by the illegal release of classified and sensitive information,” stated Lieberman.
Well extreme paranoia and lack of understanding how laws work aside, Leibermans proposal is just that, and is not law.