July 28th, 2010
09:38 AM ET

Pentagon focuses on 'main suspect' in Afghanistan leak

[Update 12:36 p.m. ET] The FBI is assisting in the investigation as well, its director, Robert Mueller, said Wednesday. Full story

[Update: July 28, 9:38 a.m. ET] The Pentagon is focusing on jailed Army Pfc. Bradley Manning as the main suspect in the leak of tens of thousands of secret U.S. military documents related to the war in Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon official told CNN.

Manning, 22, is believed to have accessed a worldwide military classified Internet and e-mail system to download tens of thousands of documents, according to the official, who would not be identified because of the ongoing criminal investigation of Manning.

Manning was charged in June with eight violations of the U.S. Criminal Code for allegedly illegally transferring classified data, reportedly including an earlier video that wound up on WikiLeaks.org, the website that released the Afghanistan reports Sunday.

The Army is currently considering whether he should face the military equivalent of a trial over the charges.

[Original post July 27, 2010; 9:34 p.m. ET] In the wake of the leak of thousands of classified documents, the U.S. Army has expanded its criminal investigation into a soldier allegedly involved in the earlier leak of a combat video and thousands of military documents, according to the Pentagon.

The expanded investigation was confirmed by Col. David Lapan at the Pentagon.

According to a U.S. military official who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to talk about the investigation, the probe by the Army's Criminal Investigation Division into Pfc. Bradley E. Manning was expanded to look at potential accomplices and what military or U.S. government systems the information came from.

CNN was unable to reach Manning's attorney.


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  1. No american in support

    All military are killers, in the military you are fair game to be killed just as you have signed up to be a killer, no military, no wars!

    July 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. McLuhan

    What's the bigger crime here, the crimes that were actually committed in the field or the leaks? Basically, we (the American taxpayer) are paying Pakistan millions of dollars and they are funneling the money to the insurgents and we are also paying for our own soldiers and contractors to fight the insurgents. Why should our almost bankrupt country that borrows money from China to pay off our own corrupt businesses also have to fund the entire war from both sides? That fact should be considered classifeid because...?

    July 28, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. AnProf

    Full-press court martial for treason is in order. The WikiLeaks have NAMED several hundred AFGHAN informants who now fear for their lives and their families' lives. Arrest and try Assange also for what he has done to NATO security forces' intelligence networks, putting all of their lives at even greater risk. Did these 3 Wormtail newspapers bother to edit out the Afghan names before posting? Off with their heads while we're at it....groveling twisted SNAKES, the lot of them.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      What's the matter with you?Are you really all that amoral,that is, devoid of any sense of justice?If that's the case,I feel sorry for you!I really do.

      July 28, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lee Oates

    The troops were lied to continually during the Vietnam era by the politicans and the Generals (remember Westmoreland?). We supported a corrupt dictatorship, and lost thousands of young Americans. It was only through the free press and a few brave souls that the truth slowly came out and the war was stopped. I think that Pfc Bradley Manning is a hero of the 21st century and should get a medal for bravery in exposing the reality behind the war. Cheney got away with mass murder, Bush got away with mass stupidity, and only a young man had the courage to do something right.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. American Delight

    "The Army is currently considering whether he should face the military equivalent of a trial over the charges."

    Allow me to suggest, yes, a trial. That's normally what we do when our citizens break the law...

    July 28, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Man Clark

      But what about those rotten butchers who operate those ungodly drones?Do you think that they should continue to carry on with total impunity?Not me!!!

      July 28, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        Neither do I,Mr.Clark.Your first name wouldn't be Elston by any chance,would it?

        July 28, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • McLuhan

      Why is our Military operating on premise that it is a crime to report crimes?

      July 28, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel-2

    Why am I not surprised? I figured that the right-wing thugs in Washington would come up with a scapegoat sooner or later for this.And they will.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jack

    "a U.S. military official who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to talk about the investigation".

    Uh... doesn't that mean he himself is also a LEAK?

    July 28, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gary Johndro

    They should keep this whole thing under wraps,otherwise the people might quit supporting this war and that will not be good for Barack Obama.

    July 27, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Should it be,Johndro?you right-wing nut!

      July 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |