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Jun 5, 2013

Soldier in WikiLeaks case boasts of busting passwords

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The U.S. soldier accused of passing classified files to the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website had boasted that he could get around any password protection, one of his former Army supervisors told a court-martial on Wednesday.

The soldier, 25-year-old Private First Class Bradley Manning, is charged with providing more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, in the biggest unauthorized release of classified files in U.S. history, in a case that has raised questions about the limits of secrecy and openness.

Jun 4, 2013

Questions of motivation mark WikiLeaks soldier’s court: martial

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The court-martial of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, accused of the biggest breach of classified information in U.S. history, focused Tuesday on his motivations for giving secrets to the WikiLeaks website in 2010 and prosecutors sought to show he leaked documents and discussed it with others.

Military prosecutors called to the witness stand an admitted computer hacker who befriended Manning and then turned him in to U.S. Army investigators. The man, Adrian Lamo, testified that Private First Class Manning contacted him online in May 2010 from his base in Iraq, seeking guidance in encrypted online chats.

Jun 4, 2013

No signs of hatred in WikiLeaks soldier’s laptop – investigator

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – An Army investigator testified on Tuesday he found no evidence that a soldier accused of the biggest breach of classified information in U.S. history hated his country or had any terrorism-related material on his laptop.

The investigator’s testimony on the second day of Private First Class Bradley Manning’s court martial came after prosecutors told the judge on Monday that the soldier had been driven by arrogance to leak more than 700,000 documents, combat videos and other data to the anti-secrecy website, WikiLeaks.

Jun 4, 2013

Cyber specialist to testify at U.S. soldier’s WikiLeaks trial

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The court-martial of a soldier charged with using the WikiLeaks website for the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history heads into a second day on Tuesday, with a cyber crime investigator the day’s lead-off witness.

At the start of the trial on Monday, military prosecutors said Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, had been driven by arrogance to leak more than 700,000 documents, combat videos and other data to the anti-secrecy website, hurting U.S. interests.

Jun 3, 2013

U.S. says actions of WikiLeaks soldier show ‘arrogance’

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. military prosecutors said arrogance drove the American soldier who went on trial on Monday accused of orchestrating the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history through the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website two years ago.

But at the opening of the court-martial of intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, 25, his defense lawyer portrayed him as a naïve young soldier who had leaked the documents, combat videos and other data because he wanted to reveal the human costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jun 3, 2013

U.S. soldier goes on trial in WikiLeaks case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The American soldier accused of providing more than 700,000 secret documents to the WikiLeaks website went on trial on Monday charged with the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is an intelligence analyst who faces a possible life sentence without parole if convicted for the 2010 leak that outraged the United States government.

Jun 1, 2013

U.S. soldier at center of WikiLeaks case set to go on trial Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The American soldier accused of the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, which prosecutors say put lives at risk, goes on trial on Monday in a case that raises questions about the limits of secrecy and openness in the Internet era.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is charged with providing more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy website.

May 31, 2013

New Yorker Arvind Mahankali wins U.S. spelling bee with ‘knaidel’

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) – Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old boy from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by correctly spelling “knaidel,” a kind of dumpling.

Mahankali, a student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, had finished third in the contest twice before, each time stumbling on German words. This year, the packed auditorium erupted in a standing ovation when he nailed “knaidel,” which comes from German-derived Yiddish.

May 31, 2013

New Yorker wins U.S. spelling bee with ‘knaidel’

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) – Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old boy from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by correctly spelling “knaidel,” a kind of dumpling.

Mahankali, a student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, had finished third in the contest twice before, each time stumbling on German words. This year, the packed auditorium erupted in a standing ovation when he nailed “knaidel,” which comes from German-derived Yiddish.

May 30, 2013

U.S. Spelling Bee winner to be announced on Thursday

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) – One of 42 remaining young contestants who coped with nerves and words like “stabilimeter” and “jicama” will on Thursday be named champion of the United States’ Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The hopefuls were winnowed from 281 contestants aged 8 to 14 from across the United States and other countries. They advanced after two rounds of onstage spelling and, for the first time since the contest started in 1927, a computerized test that included vocabulary questions.

    • About Ian

      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
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      1990
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      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
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