Early this morning I started covering the news of a leaked copy of Bradley Manning’s recent one-hour court statement explaining why he leaked all those documents, and a key video, to WikiLeaks. Now the guessing game begins: Who leaked it? One expert, Kevin Gosztola–co-author of my recent book on Manning Truth and Consequences—has now weighed in on Twitter. Kevin has probably attended more days of Manning hearings at Ft Meade than anyone. He tweets: “Leaked audio couldn’t have come from Ft. Meade media center. It wouldn’t be clean. There’d be press noise/chatter.” So: Inside source? Maybe another Army private? Would be too rich.
The Telegraph now has a piece on this, excerpt:
Pfc Manning’s voice sounds louder and closer than the military judge’s, suggesting it was recorded in the public gallery at the back of the court. There is also no trace of the typing or discussion between journalists that usually takes place in the media centre. Members of the public are allowed to sit in on the court proceedings but must first pass through a military security checkpoint where they are checked for mobile phones or other recording devices.
Glenn Greenwald, a board member of FPF, said he had “purposefully remained completely ignorant of the identity of the source” and did not know where the recording was made. The source approached FPF with the recording and that the group decided to release it after a discussion with its board members, Mr Greenwald told The Daily Telegraph. “We decided that it was squarely within the functions and goals of our organisation which was to bring transparency in whatever ways we can to excessive government secrecy,” he said.