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Fw: [CT] Assange-Manning Link Not Key to WikiLeaks Case

Released on 2012-02-28 13:00 GMT

Email-ID 375123
Date 2011-01-26 15:23:28
Not for Pub --

We have a sealed indictment on Assange.

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From: Sean Noonan
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:16:53 -0600
ReplyTo: CT AOR
Subject: [CT] Assange-Manning Link Not Key to WikiLeaks Case
January 25, 2011 3:37 PM
Assange-Manning Link Not Key to WikiLeaks Case

A report that investigators have so far failed to establish a direct link
between the founder of the document-dumping website WikiLeaks and the Army
private accused of providing the site with hundreds of thousands of secret
State Department cables won't derail the military's case as much as it
might seem.

The case against Army Pfc. Bradley Manning didn't hinge on investigators
uncovering a direct link to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange anyway, CBS
News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports.

Special Section: WikiLeaks

On Monday, NBC News reported that military officials said Manning couldn't
be directly linked to Assange in allegedly handing off the cables and
other secret documents that led to last summer's publication of the
Afghanistan and Iraq war logs.

But no one ever thought there was direct contact between Assange and
Manning, Martin reports. Assange meeting or e-mailing Manning would be
like the director of the Central Intelligence Agency meeting or e-mailing
a CIA agent. The theory of the case is that Assange orchestrated the leak
through cut outs deliberately designed to immunize himself from charges of

In his own e-mails, Manning refers to himself as a source for Assange even
though he did not give the documents to Assange but allegedly to a third
person while home on Christmas leave, Martin reports.

Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department was
considering filing espionage charges in the case.

Meanwhile, Manning continues to be held in a military brig while the Army
considers prosecuting him. He has been charged with illegally obtaining
more than 150,000 secret cables and giving more than 50 of them and a
classified video to an unauthorized person.

Manning's lawyer told The Associated Press Friday that a mental-health
investigation to determine if Manning can stand trial will likely begin in

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