Published on 23rd May 2012 by

Bradley Manning was the US soldier who allegedly leaked the trove of US intelligence data that shot Wikileaks to fame. A history of mental instability suggests he should never have been drafted into the US army.
“Low flying planes could see that kid wasn’t suitable; he was a wreck”, a soldier who trained with Manning tells us. A young man totally unsuited to military life, he had enlisted just to get a university education. He was targeted for his size and sexual orientation, and ultimately lost his way amongst the boredom and isolation of his base in Iraq. Military psychiatrists called him, “a risk to himself and others”. So why was Manning given access to so much classified information? He was kept on, despite advice that he be discharged, because the US Military was short of soldiers in Iraq. Numerous incidents were reported but still Manning was retained, until he punched a female soldier in the face. At this point he was demoted and told he would finally be discharged. Left without a job, friends or any chance of university education, Manning turns to his last refuge: his computer friends. “I’m not sure whether I’d be considered a type of ‘hacker’, ‘leaker’, or what”, he confides to famous hacker Adrian Lamo, who 24 hours later will inform US Intelligence of Manning’s confession.
Guardian Films


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