Manning Prosecution Falls Victim to Military’s Spam Filters

The military is so intent on preventing another WikiLeaks incident – or even having anyone talk about Wikileaks – that they have created problems for prosecutors in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning. Essentially they have banned use of the word, setup email filters to catch messages that even included the term WikiLeaks, only to have important emails between the Judge and the defense never get to the prosecutors in the case. Instead, they ended up in the spam bin.  From Daily Dot:

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning departs a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Thursday, Mar. 15, 2012

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, Fort Meade, Md., Mar. 15, 2012

The US government is serious about not allowing its military personnel to work with, or even talk about, WikiLeaks, the international nonprofit organization whose whole purpose is to publicize documents from whistleblowers. Private Bradley Manning has been in custody without trail for 662 days, facing charges that he leaked a huge cache of classified and restricted material to Wikileaks.

Thursday at his trial, the already paranoid and strange world of international spies and military prisons got a little stranger when it was discovered that the email filters the military uses were sending all emails containing the term “WikiLeaks” to spam.

The missing emails had puzzled both sides of the case for the past month, and slowed the proceedings considerably, but Captain Ashden Fein, chief prosecutor, announced that the cause had been discovered: not hacktivists, as feared, but Big Brother, in the form of an extra-aggressive spam filter. Defense attorney David Coombs dryly informed the press that “WikiLeaks” was the specific trigger word. Fein could not be reached for comment today. 

The government has offered a solution to the problem – start checking their spam bins prior to court proceedings as the filters aren’t being taken down.

The current situation with Manning is the next court hearing will be from April 24 – 26. A trial date has yet to be set. It appears that defense lawyers are planning to argue that he was a troubled soldier who should not have had access to classified information.


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