Alleged Wiki-leaker day 4: searching Manning’s computers

CNN on December 19, 2011 released the following:

“By Larry Shaughnessy covering the hearing in Ft. Meade, MD

11:36a update

A cybercrimes investigator continued his testimony of his examination computers that PFC Bradley Manning had access to in Iraq.

Spec. Agent David Shaver, with the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID) said he examined Manning’s secondary computer where he worked as an intelligence analyst. Shaver found more 100,000 full State Department cables on the secondary computer as well as software that would allow a user to copy data to a writable CD.

But during question by Manning’s attorney, Shaver admitted that could not say that it was Manning who accessed the cable. He also found no evidence that this information was sent to anyone. Shaver was not asked if he compared any of the cables on Manning’s secondary computer with the diplomatic cables released on WikiLeaks.

After Shaver’s testimony, Manning’s roommate from Iraq took the stand. Spec Eric Baker, who was with the military police in Manning’s company, testified that he and Manning were not close and rarely spoke. But Baker said Manning told him he “he probably planned on getting out of the military.”

Baker also said Manning was a frequent user of his personal laptop in their quarters. “He used the computer quite often, between chow times. When I’d wake up in the middle of the night, he’d be on the computer,” Baker said.

Shortly after another cybercrimes began testimony, court recessed for a conference among the lawyers and the presiding officer and then took lunch.

10:55a update

Testimony resumed Monday in the Article 32 hearing of PFC Bradley Manning as the defense cross examined an Army computer expert about files found on a computer linked to Manning. (highlights from the weekend coverage here)

Spec. Agent David Shaver, with the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID) said that a search of military computers Manning used in Iraq revealed he had downloaded the same secret documents and videos that were released online by the website WikiLeaks.

Shaver was asked if he compared any of the 10,000 diplomatic cables found on a secure computer to the 250,000 diplomatic files on WikiLeaks. He said those he compared did not match, but he did not say how many of the files he compared.

He also said the 10,000 were in a computer file that was corrupted, and it would have been difficult if not impossible to open those files without sophisticated computer tools.

Shortly after that testimony, the court went into closed session so Shaver could testify about classified matters.

The news media and general public are forbidden from witnessing classified testimony.”

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