The Norman Transcript

June 18, 2013

WikiLeaks trial focuses on U.S. Army email list

By Pauline Jelinek
The Associated Press

FORT MEADE, Md. — A huge database of troop names and email addresses an Army private allegedly downloaded to a personal computer could be used by foreign adversaries to launch cyberattacks on service members, a government witness said Monday as the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning entered its third week.

Manning, a 25-year-old Oklahoma native, has acknowledged he sent more than 700,000 battlefield reports, diplomatic cables and other materials to the anti-secrecy website, but he pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing a veritable address book of troops deployed to Iraq. The military’s so-called “Global Address List” included the names, ranks, email addresses and positions of all 74,000 U.S. military personnel who were in Iraq in early 2010. WikiLeaks never published the list.

As part of the theft charge, prosecutors on Monday struggled and then abandoned an effort to prove the list had monetary value.