[ISN] Video Captures Bradley Manning With Hacker Pals at Time of First Leaks

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 04:09:55 -0500 (CDT)

By Kim Zetter 
Threat Level
May 20, 2011

In January 2010 when Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was 
allegedly contemplating leaking thousands of classified documents to 
WikiLeaks, he visited friends in Boston, who brought him to a party at 
Boston University’s BUILDS hacker space.

Frontline, which is airing a documentary about Manning and WikiLeaks on 
May 24, has obtained a video showing Manning at the party. [Disclosure: 
Threat Level's Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter were interviewed for the 

At the time of the party, Manning was on a two-week leave from his 
assignment in Iraq. It was at one point during this trip that he told 
friend Tyler Watkins that he’d gotten his hands on classified 
information that he was thinking about leaking, according to Watkins. 
“He wanted to do the right thing,” Watkins said in an interview with 
Threat Level last June. ”That was something I think he was struggling 

The video shows Manning at the BUILDS party, small in stature compared 
to the hackers around him, leaning against a table while chatting with 
friend Danny Clark (in a red t-shirt at Manning’s left).


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