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Private First Class Bradley E. Manning was arrested and charged with the unauthorized use and disclosure of U.S. diplomatic cables to Wikileaks. He has been held in solitary confinement at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico since sometime in May 2010.
- Brig Commander removes Manning's suicide risk restrictions, and returns him to POI watch.
- Over the recommendation of 2 forensic psychiatrists, the Brig Commander places Manning under suicide risk, which make his conditions worse.
- Manning's attorney David Coombs files Article 138 Complaint with Quantico base commander, alleging extended suicide risk/watch assignment is an abuse of the Brig Commander's discretion.
- Army Staff Judge Advocate's Office made aware of Manning's situation.
- CCIU agents obtain search authorization for an SD card found in Manning's aunt's residence home during a second search of her home
- NY Times publishes a correction to the Charlie Savage story of December 16, acknowledges they never actually read the chat logs for themselves before writing on the subject.
- Wired tells BoingBoing that the chat logs contain no unpublished references to Assange or private servers.
- Glenn Greenwald calls on Wired to release the rest of the chat logs.
- Manning releases a holiday message through his attorney, David Coombs
- David House writes at FDL: Bradley Manning Speaks About His Conditions
- Dr. Jeffrey Kaye: Bradley Manning & the Torture That Is Solitary Confinement
- UN says it will investigate Manning's treatment
- David House appears on MSNBC talking about Manning’s Detention
- Julian Assange tells Cenk Uygur that Bradley Manning is a "political prisoner"
- David House visits Manning at Quantico brig
- Manning's attorney, David Coombs, writes a blogpost describing Manning's conditions in the Quantico brig
- The Independent reports that Manning is being offered a deal to roll on Julian Assange
- David House visits Manning at Quantico brig
- US military challenges allegations about Manning's detention conditions
- Daily Beast interviews Manning's attorney, David Coombs, who backs up Glenn Greenwald's reporting on Manning's conditions
- Guardian article on Manning's deteriorating mental state, including interview with David House
- Glenn Greenwald writes that the government is using techniques accused of being torture on Bradley Manning to get him to flip on Julian Assange
- Charlie Savage of the New York Times uses Adrian Lamo as the sole source for an extremely dubious story on how Manning supposedly gave the cables to Wikileaks via physical hand-off. Contra what he told CNN on July 30, Lamo says he doesn't have chat logs because his hard drive was "taken" by the FBI.
- Department of Justice serves a subpoena on Twitter demanding information for individuals currently or formerly associated with Wikileaks, including Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Jacob Appelbaum, Rop Gonggrijp, and Julian Assange. It also seeks the same information for Bradley Manning and for WikiLeaks' Twitter account (PDF).
- David House visits Manning at Quantico brig
- Forensic psychiatrist recommends Manning remain under suicide watch for one week. The following week, the psychiatrist again recommends he be removed from POI watch. The Brig Commander once again refuses to do so.
- Manning's friend and supporter David House's computer seized by customs' agents and FBI
- Wikileaks publishes Iraq War Diaries.
- Assange scheduled for interview in Sweden he does not attend.
Late September: Assange leaves Sweden.
- The first of three forensic psychiatrists recommends Manning be taken off POI watch and his confinement be changed from MAX to Medium Custody In (MDI), but each time the Brig Commander refuses to do so.
- Sweden withdraws rape charges.
- Ms A and Ms W go to the police; news of their accus ations leaked to the press.
- Assange leaves Ms A’s apartment.
- Assange meets up with Ms W again, they have consensual sex followed, the next morning, by allegedly non-consensual sex.
- Assange’s talk in Stockholm. He goes to a movie with Ms W.
- Ms A returns to Stockholm earlier than planned. That night she and Assange have consensual sex, though the condom breaks.
- Assange arrives in Stockholm, stays at Ms A’s apartment.
- Based on recommendation of forensic psychiatrist for Quantico Brig, Manning moved from suicide risk to POI watch.
- Lamo now tells Wired he did not receive classified documents from Manning, and Uber was mistaken.
- Lamo confirms Chet Uber's initial version of events to Computerworld magazine, in which he says Lamo received classified documents from Manning, and called him about it in "early June."
- Lamo refuses to tell Wired whether he received classified documents from Manning or not.
- Uber tells Wired he first spoke with Lamo "one or two days before Lamo had his first face-to-face meeting with federal agents, which was on May 25."
- Lamo begins working as a confidential informant for CCIU Special Agent Antonio Edwards of Army CID.
- Lamo tells CNN’s Ashley Fanz that he knew of one person in the military who had helped Bradley Manning but wouldn’t elaborate. Says he no longer has chat transcripts because he "gave" his hard drive to the FBI.
- Bradley Manning transferred to Quantico Brig in MAX custody under suicide risk.
- Wikileaks volunteer Jacob Applebaum questioned at the airport and his computer is seized
- Wikileaks publishes Afghan War diaries.
- Adrian Lamo contacts Manning's friend Danny Clark via AIM. Logs from the chat show Lamo saying “let’s just agree neither of us is going to share these logs."
- US military announces it is pressing criminal charges against Manning for allegedly transferring classified data onto his personal computer and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system. (Charge sheet)
- Lamo issues statement hoping that Manning gets a plea deal and accusing Assange of exposing his role in the Manning arrest.
- Special Antonio Edwards attempts to interview Manning friend Danny Clark but Clark invokes counsel.
- Boing-Boing publishes an allegedly more complete version of the alleged Lamo/Manning chats
- Poulsen tells Glenn Greenwald that he published all of the chats that Lamo gave him, with the exception of "Manning discussing personal matters that aren't clearly related to his arrest, or apparently sensitive government information that I'm not throwing up without vetting first."
- Greenwald compares Wired's published chats with the Washington Post's, and finds there are things that are neither "personal matters" nor "sensitive government information," which Wired nonetheless withheld.
- CCIU agents search the home of Debra Van Alystyne, Manning's aunt, for hardware, software & digital media
- Glenn Greenwald interviews Lamo, who says he informed Manning he was an ordained minister who would treat Manning's conversations as a confession, which would compel Lamo by law to keep them confidential
- Iceland passes Modern Media Initiative
- Using their Twitter account, Wikileaks directs their followers to the Boing-Boing comment alleging Lamo and Poulsen were working together with the FBI "in order to gain Manning’s trust and mislead him into confessing."
- Comment appears in Xeni Jardin Boing Boing article, alleging that Poulsen and Lamo "worked their target, Bradley Manning, for days -- in co-operation with the FBI and US Army CID," classic "COINTELPRO tactics."
- "The only reason to even think that PFC Manning was 'risking lives' is the unconfirmed innuendo made public by Adrian Lamo who has every reason in the world to justify the breach of trust he committed by willfully initiating a clandestine interrogation of PFC Manning," says the comment.
- Special Agent Antonio Edwards meets with Lamo in Carmichael, California
- Wikileaks commissions lawyers to defend Manning
- Assange allegedly sends an email to Lamo requesting copies of the chats to aide in Manning's defense. Lamo refuses, telling Poulsen that Manning's attorney "can get them by discovery like everyone else.”
- Wired Magazine posts the heavily redacted chats provided to them by Adrian Lamo
- Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima also publishes redacted version of the chats
- Lamo informs John Cook of Yahoo News he told Manning he was a journalist and offered to speak to him as a reporter, which would grant him protection under the shield law, and that Manning refused
- Yahoo asks Lamo to provide that portion of their chats; Lamo says he will have to check with his lawyer
- Julian Assange, on Twitter, casts doubt on the credibility of the Wired article: "Adrian Lamo & Kevin Poulson are notorious felons, informers & manipulators. Journalists should take care."
- Lamo tweets: "I was not acting as a journalist."
- Lamo issues a press release, saying he will respond by June 8 to "allegations that he was instrumental in the arrest of PFC Manning"
- Washington Post denies they sat on Wikileaks video, but David Finkel evasively says he "was on book leave" from the paper when the Manning transcripts allege he acquired it
- Poulsen and Kim Zetter of Wired Magazine report the arrest of Manning
- They also report that a friend of Manning's, Tyler Watkins, says Manning told him he had gotten his hands on sensitive information and was considering leaking it
- Lamo lifts embargo on chat logs, per Poulsen
- Poulsen meets with Lamo in Sacramento for several hours. Alleges Lamo tells him for the first time the details of his chats with Manning, and he learns Manning's name.
- Poulsen says he leaves Lamo at 3pm with the chats on a thumbnail drive
- At 4pm, Lamo says he met with FBI for the second time and FBI told him Manning was arrested the previous day in Iraq
- Manning's Charge Sheet, however, say Manning's alleged activities continued until "on or about 27 May 2010"
- Latest possible date for “introducing” classified information onto his personal computer and obtaining “more then 150,000 diplomatic cables."
- Manning’s pre-trial confinement begins, and presumably ties to the date when they first assessed what they had on Manning’s seized computer
- Poulsen asks Lamo for the chat logs
- Lamo agrees to provide them if Poulsen will drive to Sacramento and pick them up, provided he embargoes them until Lamo grants permission
- Former Army counterintelligence agent Timothy Webster says Lamo called him to ask a hypothetical question about Manning, and that this was the first contact Lamo had in reporting Manning. Lamo confirms this account to AP.
- Manning is arrested in Iraq, per Lamo and Wired.
- Lamo later tells CNET, "I and the FBI wanted to continue feeding him disinformation," but the criminal investigation unit of the Army had other plans.
- [According to testimony given at Manning's Article 32 hearing] Lamo stops chatting with bradass87
- Lamo tells Wired he met with FBI for the first time, at a Starbucks near his house in Carmichael, California.
- Chet Uber says Lamo called him during the meeting, and then took agents back to his house to show them the classified documents.
- Lamo says he called Poulsen after the meeting and told him the details of what happened.
- Special Agent Edwards introduces himself to Lamo over the phone.
- Poulsen claims Lamo tells him for the first time of his chats with Manning, after Lamo had already scheduled his first meeting with the FBI the next day
- Latest possible date for knowingly exceeding his authorized access to obtain “more than 50 classified United States Department of State cables” and willfully transmitting them per the charge sheet.
May 23 or 24
- “Security pro” Chet Uber gets a phone call from Lamo, who says he has “received classified documents from a U.S. Army intelligence analyst named Bradley Manning and wanted advice about what to do.”
- Uber puts him in touch with the former DOJ head of computer crimes, Mark Rasch. Uber suggests Lamo told him him about having received emails–but when Uber refers Lamo to Rasch, he describes ongoing AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) chats.
- Lamo begins “cooperating with federal agents,” he tells AOL, after he “passed on what he knew to his ex, who happened to work for Army counterintelligence.”
- According to testimony given by Special Agent Alfred Williamson of CCIU during Manning’s Article 32 hearing, a Manning user account is created on a FOB Hammer supply room NIPRnet computer that Manning used.
- First chats begin between Lamo and Manning, according to Wired.
- Lamo tells Greenwald he lost the PGP key and never decripted emails from Manning, but sent him an invitation to chat over AIM anyway and the two began their alleged exchanges
- Kevin Poulsen’s Wired Magazine article appears about Adrian Lamo’s involuntary psychiatric hold
- Lamo tweets that people should donate to Wikileaks
- Bradley Manning contacts Adrian Lamo on AIM “out of the blue,” Lamo tells Yahoo News. He tells Glenn Greenwald Manning first contacted him via encrypted email.
- [According to testimony given during Manning's Article 32 hearing on Dec. 21] Lamo has Manning contact him via AIM
- Adrian Lamo photographed at his parent’s house for use in upcoming Wired story by Kevin Poulsen
- Adrian Lamo discharged from mental hospital. [He testified this was when he was discharged during Manning's Article 32 hearing.
- Manning demoted after an assault according to Army spokesman, who says Manning was not facing early discharge. This contradicts what Manning ostensibly said to Lamo in chat logs
- Adrian Lamo's backpack with his antidepressants is stolen. He calls the police, who have him involuntarily committed to a mental facility under state law allowing "the temporary forced hospitalization of those judged dangerous or unable to care for themselves."
- Wikileaks releases "Collateral Murder" video.
- Latest possible date for having unauthorized possession of photos related to the national defense, knowingly exceeding his authorized access on SIPRnet, willfully transmitting it, and intentionally exceeding his authorized access, all in relation to the Collateral Murder video per the Charge Sheet.
- Latest possible date for “wrongfully adding unauthorized software to a Secret Internet Protocol Router network computer” (see emptywheel)
- Assange tweets about being tailed in Iceland.
- In chat, Manning suggests it took him four months to verify Assange was who he said he was
- Wikileaks volunteer detained and questioned about Assange.
- Two people carrying diplomatic passports follow Assange from Iceland to Norway.
- Wikileaks publishes March 18, 2008 NGIC document analyzing the threat Wikileaks posed to the Army.
- Latest possible date for obtaining and communicating the Rejkjavik 13 per Charge Sheet (Spec. 3)
- Wilikeaks publishes Rejkjavik cable dated January 13, 2010. According to the Manning/Lamo chat transcripts, after the leak Manning tracked the Northern Europe Diplomatic Security Team tailing Assange in Sweden.
- Manning gives Wikileaks the video of the 2007 Army helicoper attack on Iraqi insurgents, according to Adrian Lamo in the Washington Post
- Manning returns to Baghdad from US
- Manning takes a photo of himself in his aunt's residence
- Manning leaves for US
- Earliest possible date for accessing the Rejkjavik 13 cable (the date is obviously taken from the date of the cable) per Charge Sheet (Spec. 3)
- A "read me" text file is created on an SD card [the one that CCIU agents will later find in Manning's aunt's residence] that is essentially a cover letter explaining what to do with the classified reports and how they remove “the fog of war” and reveal “the true nature of 21st Century asymmetric warfare.”
- CDNE Afghanistan (91,000 approx) [Afghan War Logs] and CDNE Iraq reports (400,000 approx) [Iraq War Logs] are put on an SD card [that CCIU agents will later claim was found in Manning's aunt's residence]
- Per chat logs, Manning said he first started working with Wikileaks after release of 9/11 pager messages, which was first announced on November 24, 2009
- Earliest possible day Manning downloaded “Collateral Murder” video & all charges except accessing the Rejkjavik 13 cables, per Charge Sheet (Spec. 2 & 4)
- Earliest date for which government subpoenas Wikileaks related twitter accounts
- Manning arrives in Iraq.
- U.S. Army Counterintelligence Center prepares a classified report placing WikiLeaks on “the list of the enemies threatening the security of the United States.” That Report discussed ways to destroy WikiLeaks’ reputation and efficacy, and emphasized creating the impression that leaking to it is unsafe.
- Manning enters the Army as a private
- U.S. helicopter air strike in Baghdad that claimed the lives of two Reuters employees, Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen. Gunsight video of the incident became known as the “Collateral Murder” video.
Pfc. Bradley Manning has been held for five months in severe isolation, and it is already having negative effects his health.
Please add your name to our letter urging the Marines to lift the heavy restrictions of Manning’s unnecessary “Prevention of Injury” order.
Bradley’s friend, David House, will deliver your letter to Commanding Officer James Averhart at the Quantico Marine Base brig when he next visits Bradley Manning.
Information allegedly accessed by Manning, per his charging document:
- The video of the July 12, 2007 Apache killing of Reuters journalists
- The Rejkjavik State Department cable leaked by WikiLeaks
- 50 State Department cables (loaded onto his unsecured computer, transmitted to someone unauthorized to receive them)
- 150,000 State Department cables (obtained information from them via unauthorized access)
- A classified Microsoft Powerpoint presentation
- Manning charge sheet
- Marcy Wheeler on the glaring inconsistencies in Adrian Lamo’s stories
- Marcy Wheeler: more inconsistencies in Lamo’s stories
- Judge’s order unsealing Twitter subpoena (PDF)
- Justice Department’s subpoena of Twitter (PDF)
- AdrianLamoLogs Timeline
- Cryptome Timeline
- Adrian Lamo Interview Transcript Page
- Key Articles in the Wikileaks – Manning investigation
- David E. Coombs, Attorney for Bradley Manning
- Bradley Manning Support Network
- Courage to Resist
- Xeni Jardin on BoingBoing
- Threat Level on Wired
David House on MSNBC with Jonathan Capehart, 23 December 2010
Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now, 16 December 2010
Julian Assange tells Cenk Uygur that Bradley Manning is a “political prisoner” on MSNBC, 22 December 2010
Al Jazeera English on Bradley Manning, 18 December 2010
Michael Whitney on GritTV with Laura Flanders on Bradley Manning’s detention, 22 December 2010
Keith Olbermann on Bradley Manning’s detention, 17 December 2010 MSNBC
Adrian Lamo at The Next HOPE conference on why he turned in Manning, 7 July 2010
Glenn Greenwald interview with Adrian Lamo, Pt. 1 17 June 2010 Salon
Glenn Greenwald interview with Adrian Lamo, Pt. II 17 June 2010 Salon
Daniel Ellsburg discusses Bradley Manning’s arrest 11 June 2010 AntiWar Radio