This week-long serialisation forms the vast part of my undergraduate dissertation: "An empirical analysis of Wikileaks, pre- and post- the 2010 diplomatic cables release". Media organisation or terrorist group; revolutionaries or journalistic evolutionists? This post will detail how Bradley Manning allegedly leaked the largest cache of secret data in U.S. history.
One single officer of the U.S. military -- an insider -- is alleged to have been the most damaging whistleblower in U.S. history. His supposed actions sparked revolts in at least three countries.
It is alleged by U.S. authorities that Manning was the source of the leaks surrounding most of the released documents in 2010, -- including the 'Collateral Murder' video, the Afghanistan and Iraq War Logs, and the U.S. diplomatic cables; though the authorities are not being forthcoming on the charges faced or due process.
Through blowing the whistle on the whistleblower himself, Adrian Lamo, a threat analyst and former hacker gaining notoriety during high profile hacks in 2004, informed the authorities of Manning's actions after speaking to him online for a week. Manning alleged to have admitted releasing the leaks during the dialogue between Lamo and himself.
With a numbers discrepancy between the leaked documents from Manning and the total documents released on Wikileaks, it is believed further sensitive documents are being withheld in case of Assange's demise.
He claimed that he "would come in with music on a CD-RW"... "labelled with something like 'Lady Gaga' [...] erase the music... then write a compressed split file", while "weak servers, weak logging, weak physical security, weak counter-intelligence..." allowed the leak to transpire with little difficulty.
With nobody taking particular notice of what Manning was doing, he "listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga's Telephone" to make it look as though the disc contained audio, as he downloaded the data to the burnable disk.
Further into the chat logs, he describes how he uploaded the logs to Wikileaks through "the usual channels", though Assange and the advisory board decided against immediate disclosure.