Pfc. Bradley Manning, presently confined in detention at a U.S. Army camp in Kuwait, is at the center of a whistle blowing storm reminiscent of Daniel Elllsberg's leak of the Pentagon papers in 1971.
Manning was charged in early July with 12 counts of transferring classified military information to his personal computer and then sending it on to a third party not authorized to receive it. Among other things that Manning allegedly provided, while he was stationed in Iraq, was a classified video showing a 2007 Army helicopter airstrike that killed 12 civilians. WikiLeaks, a whistleblower organization, posted the video, which war critics have cited to allege that the U.S. military knowingly killed non-combatants. WikiLeaks has also just posted an additional 75,000 classified documents on the war in Afghanistan.