US investigates possible WikiLeaks leaker for ‘communicating with the enemy’ [Guardian]


An Iraqi man reads newspaper with news on the Wikileaks documents in Baghdad.

An Iraqi man reads newspaper with news on the Wikileaks documents in Baghdad. Photograph: Mohammed Jalil/EPA

A US air force systems analyst who expressed support for WikiLeaks and accused leaker Bradley Manning triggered a formal military investigation last year to determine whether she herself had leaked any documents to the group. Air Force investigative documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, show that the analyst was repeatedly interviewed about her contacts with and support for WikiLeaks – what investigators repeatedly refer to as the “anti-US or anti-military group” – as well as her support for the group’s founder, Julian Assange.

The investigation was ultimately closed when they could find no evidence of unauthorized leaking, but what makes these documents noteworthy is the possible crime cited by military officials as the one they were investigating: namely, “Communicating With the Enemy”, under Article 104 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

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