Here is a CNN story about PFC Bradley Manning who is charged with leaking classified videos and cables to WikiLeaks. CNN reports that Manning is being held in solitary confinement at the Quantico brig pending his Art. 32 hearing. I found the whole solitary confienment thing odd. The story also notes that Manning “is suspected in the latest leak of thousands of Afghanistan field reports to the Wikileaks.org website.”
Bloomberg coverage, here, of the Afghan documents leak. Bloomberg says the following about the investigation of that leak
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help the Pentagon investigate the leak of secret U.S. documents on the war in Afghanistan.
The leaking of the documents published by WikiLeaks.org is “potentially severe and dangerous” for U.S. troops and their allies in the war, Gates said at a Pentagon news briefing today.
“It is important that we have all the resources we need to investigate and assess this breach of national security,” Gates said. “We will aggressively investigate and wherever possible prosecute.”
Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday during a visit to Cairo that the Justice Department, which includes the FBI, is investigating the source of the leaks. Whether criminal charges are brought depends on the course of the probe, he said.
Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assailed Julian Assange, founder of the website that published more than 91,000 secret U.S. military reports from Afghanistan.
“Mr. Assange can say whatever he likes about the greater good that he thinks he and his source think they are doing,” said Mullen, who joined Gates at the briefing. “But the truth is they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family.”