WikiLeaks Releases Guantanamo Prisoner Files

Monday, April 25, 2011

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International whistleblower organization WikiLeaks released hundreds of files on Sunday pertaining to prisoners held at the controversial U.S. military base in Guantanamo, Cuba.

According to Forbes' Andy Greenberg, "the revelations in those documents, released Sunday evening, range from U.S. intelligence on the whereabouts of Al Qaeda leaders on September 11th and in the days following the 9/11 attacks to the individual stories of often-innocent detainees to the ugly and ineffective improvisations on intelligence gathering within Guantanamo’s operations."

WikiLeaks had shared the information with multiple news agencies for review prior to making them public. Initial reports indicate that the New York Times was going to publish the documents prior to the end of an embargo set by WikiLeaks, forcing the organization to move up its plans.

"WikiLeaks’ Guantanamo Files were shared with a new cast of media organizations including the Washington Post, the McClatchy newspapers, and the UK’s Daily Telegraph, following nasty disagreements between the secret-spilling organization and older media partners including the New York Times and the Guardian. But the Times seems to have gained access to the documents from another source and passed them on to the Guardian as well as National Public Radio," Greenberg writes.

The documents are believed to have been part of the materials WikiLeaks received from accused source Bradley Manning during the same period that the group is thought to have come into possession of hundreds of thousands of State Department communications which were made public in late November of 2010.

"As with the last four major releases from WikiLeaks, imprisoned Army private Bradley Manning remains the suspected source of the leak," Greenberg states.

The U.S. Army confirmed in early April that Manning had installed data-mining software on his SIPRnet-linked computer during the same period he is suspected of harvesting hundreds-of-thousands of classified government documents.

The data-mining software would have allowed Manning to execute sophisticated data search queries, helping him to gather information on specific topics of interest. The software may also have helped Manning avoid detection, as the SIPRnet search functions may have been monitored.

The use of data-mining software to glean the classified material would present an indication of forethought on the part of the Manning, and could prove to be powerful evidence in his pending prosecution.

The full document release from WikiLeaks can be found here.

Source:  http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2011/04/25/wikileaks-hits-pentagon-again-with-leak-of-759-guantanamo-prisoners-files/

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