US private Bradley Manning charged with leaking Iraq killings video

• Film shows airstrike that killed 12 and crew laughter
• Analyst accused of trying to bring discredit on forces

Chris McGreal in Washington

The Guardian/UK, July 6, 2010

Bradley Manning Private Bradley Manning: in military custody in Kuwait. Photograph: APA US army intelligence analyst was today charged with leaking a highly classified video of American forces killing unarmed civilians in Baghdad and secret diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

Private Bradley Manning, who had a top-secret security clearance, has been held in military custody in Kuwait since his arrest in Iraq in May over the video, which caused great embarrassment to the US military establishment. It showed an air strike that killed a dozen people, including two Iraqis working for Reuters news agency. The air crew is heard falsely claiming to have encountered a firefight in Baghdad and then laughing at the dead. WikiLeaks gave the video the title Collateral Murder.

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