US soldier linked to wikileaks ‘collateral murder’ video is charged

US soldier linked to wikileaks 'collateral murder' video is chargedfrom washington post: An Army intelligence analyst has been charged in connection with the leak of a controversial video of a U.S. helicopter strike and the transfer of more than 50 classified State Department cables, the military said Tuesday.

Pfc. Bradley Manning, 22, was detained in Kuwait in May after Wikileaks, a whistleblower Web site, released the video, which it titled "Collateral Murder." The footage, taken by cameras on U.S. Apache helicopters, shows several civilians, including two Reuters news agency employees, being killed in a U.S. strike in July 2007.

Manning faces two charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The first encompasses four counts of violating Army regulations by transferring classified information to his personal computer between November and May and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system. The second comprises eight counts of violating federal laws governing the handling of classified information.

Among the materials Manning is accused of transmitting to "a person not entitled to receive them" are the video and more than 50 classified diplomatic cables. According to the charge sheet, he allegedly downloaded more than 150,000 cables in all.

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