Webchats --> the US hopes will get Assange behind bars (Chelsea Manning…
--> the US hopes will get
Prosecutors seek to show the chat between Assange and Chelsea Manning crossed into criminal conspiracy
Chelsea Manning (historic)
electronically transferred to Julian Assange
250,000 US states secrets
+/- half a million war-logs from Iraq + Afghanistan
a video of a US helicopter attack on civilians in Baghdad
transitioned as a woman
took the witness stand ...
1) describing her deployment as an intelligence analyst in late 2009 to a military base outside Baghdad
2) became disturbed by the US obsession with killing targets rather than the wider goals of peace and stability
3) February 2010 --> began talking through a secure online chat log to an individual "Ox"
--> central to the prosecution case now being compiled against Assange
"Ox" = Assange?
--> what the U.S. government argues
"he actively conspired with Manning to steal US state secrets"
through the webchats
the relationship between Assange and Manning = purely that of a journalist and his source
bc behalf under the first amendment of the US constitution that protects freedom of publication/dissemination of information to the public
U.S. government measures
extradition proceedings been instigated against Assange
Manning is back behind bars --> refused to testify before the US grand jury
focus on internet communications between Ox and his source
Manning said :
1) accessed OX to be an important part of” WikiLeaks
2) become his friend
3) their relationship were artificial
Prosecutors seek to show that Assange’s conversations with Manning = criminal conspiracy <--
Assange helped Manning crack a password that would allow the soldier to gain access to secret military databases using a false username
A. hide the identity of Manning as the source of the leak
A. encourage Manning to provide information and records from departments and agencies of the US
Evidence = conversion (2010)
M: “After this upload, that’s all I really have got left"
A: “Curious eyes never run dry in my experience.”
+++ about the value of the files on detainees in Guantanamo Bay that the soldier later downloaded to WikiLeaks
--> Manning referred to that conversation about the files DABs, during her court martial statement.