Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ex-General Says Bradley Manning's Leaks Endangered Troops

Richard A. Serrano at the Los Angeles Times offers a piece on a retired general's view of the damage caused by Bradley Manning's leaks..

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Robert A. Carr, the government’s first witness in the sentencing phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s court-martial, testified Wednesday that Manning’s disclosures to WikiLeaks endangered U.S. ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Carr, who oversaw the Pentagon's secret intelligence gathering but is now an executive at Northrop Grumman, said what Manning did “affected our ability to do our mission.”

On Tuesday, Manning was found guilty of violating the Espionage Act but was acquitted of the more serious charge of aiding the enemy by making the material available to Al Qaeda and other terrorist  groups. Military prosecutors now are out to win a maximum prison term of 136 years for the 25-year-old soldier.

Carr, who worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency, also headed a Defense Department task force that assessed the fallout from the leaks.

Manning disclosed more than 700,000 combat strategies, State Department cables and terrorism  detainee assessments, and Carr said the U.S. military was stunned to discover so much material had been given to WikiLeaks.

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