SUMMARY OF THE PBS VIDEO
of the PBS Video
of the PBS Video
The video by PBS presents a mind-blowing story about the largestintelligence breach in American History. It provides an insightconcerning a controversial personality Julian Assange and BradleyManning a former U.S intelligence analyst. Bradley Manning whoformerly worked for the Unites States Army in Iraq was accused ofleaking over 285 cables and Iraq war log information to the WikiLeaksdirector Julian Assange.
Thenarration begins with a review of Manning’s life before he went toIraq.In the wake of 9/11, he was assigned as an intelligenceworker in preparation for the Iraq mission. Manning was proud andbelieved that he was brilliant. Due to his level of competence, hewas trusted with state secrets. As a result, he could access anddownload information when and where he preferred. However, acontroversial aspect about him was that he was not able to concealhis private life. He joined the Don’t ask, Don’t tell website.Furthermore, Manning openly acted as political and gay rightsactivist and posted his activities on Facebook. He further displayedto the world that he was gay and was proud of it.
Manning’sfather pushed him to sign up as a soldier. At the boot camp, he wasbullied for being gay. His officer was concerned about sending him toIraq due to his mental state. He was however assigned due to lack ofenough intelligent analysts. He arrived in Iraq in 2009. During themission, he accessed a flood of information concerning detailedreports of battles, security controls, and recordings. He was alsoable to download confidential data. He plugged in a memory stick andstored records of information. In 2010 Manning came back to the U. S,however, his relationship was on the rocks. He went to a party inBoston that was attended by hackers. Sometimes in this period hehanded in the intelligence information to a group of people either toWikiLeaks or computer hackers, somewhere the information got to thehands of Julian Assange.
The mandate of WikiLeaks to publish confidential information was acontentious issue after the exposure of the entire story. A networkof individuals was mentioned and involved in the whole ordeal. Someof those mentioned were online uses such as Bradass84 and Bradass87,who accessed the information and further transferred the content toJulian Assange. In a conference, Julian Assange was questionedwhether Bradley Manning was his source. He, however, denied any linkwith the young man. Assange argued that WikiLeaks had publishedmilitary documents even before Manning joined the army. He statedthat they had promised the source that they would publish everything.
Ahuge dilemma in the case was that Manning was sitting in prison,accused of bringing out certain truths. Assange, on the other hand,was vividly liable for leaking the information that substantiallyembraced the United States and affected international relations.Nevertheless, he was a free man. Although Assange agreed to withholda certain percentage of information, media entities such as the NewYork Times and the Guardian published detrimental stories. Thequestion of harm minimization did arise. However, this was notpossible because many people and nations were already hurt. InNovember 28th,2008, WikiLeaks secrets were published that touched every country.The unauthorized release adversely damaged the interests of the U. S.
Inconclusion, an interesting aspect of the entire issue is that Assangebelieved that Manning was a hero and had brought the truth to thelight. What is evident is that the individual who leaked theunauthorized information should be charged with treason. The bigquestion that arises is that who is more liable for the criminaloffense is it Julian Assange or Bradley Manning?
Frontline.(2005). WikiSecrets.Retrieved on 15thDecember 2016 from <http://www.pbs.org/video/1946795242/>