Analyst accused of leaking classified information

Tuesday - 6/8/2010, 5:08pm EDT

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  • A U.S. military analyst accused of leaking classified combat video and documents to a whistle-blower website has been arrested. The BBC reports that the analyst, Bradley Manning was detained during a tour of duty in Iraq. The WikiLeaks website posted a video which it says shows the U.S. military shooting civilians in Baghdad in 2007. A former hacker said he had turned in Manning out of concern for US national security. Manning is also accused of passing on more than 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables. The Pentagon has not disputed the authenticity of the video but has been working to trace the source. The Army says Manning was "placed in pre-trial confinement for allegedly releasing classified information".

  • You remember that Conficker worm unleashed on the cybersecurity world a few years ago? It infiltrated millions of computers around the world, including a lot of government computers. We apparently haven't seen the full impact of Conficker, even now. Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for Atlantic Monthly and recently wrote an article about the ongoing battle against the worm. Read the full story here.

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